Speculations in the rain

It’s funny, but after standing in the rain for half an hour talking to Roy The Landscaper (much like Bob The Builder and henceforth to be referred to as RTL) about all the things (and the pings – an in-joke for James there) that have been discovered so far or we could do in the garden… I genuinely would be much more up for working outdoors in the cold and the mud than sitting at work in the office!

Interesting points of today’s debate:

– Fence  post holes have been dug. They are are few feet deep and in the current weather at least 1/3 full of rainwater it is unlikely that we can pour any cement in there to set em as yet!

– Today is mainly about levelling the garden and deciding where the drop is going to go as there is between 6 and 12 inches difference from top to toe of the garden. levelling involves a lot of RTL and the digger machine work. And mud. It surely does involve a lot of mud.

– And on the subject of mud. Or EARTH as it is otherwise known, RFL reports that he thinks it is of really good quality and probably brought in from somewhere at some point. Because it is lovely and rich and the natural clay-type soil that we have in the area starts about 2 foot down. This is good news for me!

– Another sign that the garden was historically well cared for is the fact that most rocks and stones can be found at the end of the garden. This surely was no mistake and probably involves years of care of the garden.

– More interesting historical speculation: a big pipe was found at the end of the garden. RTL has buried it now and couldn’t really justify the time it was take to dig 10 metres down and see where it goes… but it is possible that it goes to was some kind of bunker retreat for when Bletchley had air raids in the past. I could believe that. I live 5 minutes walk from Bletchley Park where they cracked the Enigma Code in WWII. Whilst local residents couldn’t of known exactly what was going on at Bletchley Park they would of known that it was of strategic importance if ever the Germans found out – as each house in the area, including on my street, had to house a billet (employee) of the Park to support the nation’s war effort.

– In other news we discussed types of bamboo screen we could plant infront of next door’s outbuilding wall to disguise it looking bloody horrible. And how we could build a shallow wall around the bamboo roots to stop it invading the rest of the garden. Apparently bamboo roots spread just under soil level, not deep down. And the fast growing bamboo used to be used as an instrument of torture in China. It grows an inch a day in curly spirals. Supposedly the Chinese pinned men to the ground near bamboo plants like this and let the plants curl their roots gradually around them…. Eww.

Over and out.


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