Visited Clandon Park, National Trust property, near Guildford, Surrey today with some like minded gardeners. Really good parterre filled with Rudbeckia's, Marigolds and Sunflowers. Nice pleached Hazel's too. Good lunch with cake.Yay!! Back on the diet tomorrow:0(
Rain held off!!
Today, as yesterday and until next Thursday, I will be working as a volunteer(Gamesmaker) at the Olympic Velodrome. Costing plenty in lost earnings and fares, but the experience is unmissable. The landscaping at the site is just fantastic, with so much planting at its peak.
well done Colin on your games making, the volunteer were fantastic when I went to Excel on Sunday - i'm off to the Olympic park as a spectator today, and i'm really excited. - Don't know how i'm going to go back to gardening on Monday, - will take loads of photos of the landscaping.
Got my 'identity' back with some fresh, new sign writing - I was pushing to get it done after a customers next door neighbor asked me "why did they get rid of the last gardener?" - I had to explain they hadn't, it was still me.... worrying though!
They won't be making THAT mistake again!
Same thing again is going on bright red boards to be fixed to the sides and rear of both trailers....
Got my Parrot hands free fitted into the van whilst the sign writer was doing his stuff - as a bonus I managed to sort out the crackly stereo too (bad aerial connection).
Looks tidy Adam....
Ran out of diesel in the van on friday afternoon cos i was trying to get to morrisons petrol station to get the points on my morrisons miles card.
Took ages to to get it going again and managed to damage a fuel line (don't ask how) bleeding the new fuel through. Van is off the road now till tuesday when we get the part from mercedes.
All that for a few miles points :-)
Finished one of my most difficult conny topping jobs to date. Hedge was approx 35` tall and 15` wide in places and had never been faced on one side so branches were too thin to climb or stand on, had to trim some of them with the echo pole saw which is far too heavy and unbalanced to be using when your stuck in a tree. Glad to get that over with.
2nd day back to work after my honeymoon, and it pi**ed down with rain all day... Nice 1 !!
I usually just try and perch myself on the branches and strap in if its practical, although these trees were full of dead wood so it was a bit risky. I never use ladders for tree work, too dangerous.
Brian www.mibservices.co.uk said:
Chris, ive done similar jobs in the past. How did you move along the trees ? I used a 3 x 8 sheet of board as a platform and moved it along the top of the trees as i went. Worked a treat and a lot steadier than working off a ladder at that height.