Saturday, February 12, 2011

The New Turnip House - to work!

Since the weather has been (a bit) better and the days are longer we are moving on with our plan to reopen the Turnip House for Easter 2011

We have ordered the windows and doors, so now the pressure is on to make the building ready for them. We are currently digging up the floors, backbraking job but a great workout.

Raw material; as we found it. Note the turnip mangle against the left wall - must be an omen!

doorway and internal wall removed, ivy taken of walls; cleaned and re-pointed; massive stones (mostly) moved away - thanks to James! Digging up of floor in progress.


We've been doing more clearing in the front garden, and more dormant flowers have appeared

The Hellibore, now free of ivy is now standing proud

bunches of crocus have come up - this white flower is the first 
Furby by the crucus

first bloom from dozens of snowdrops

snowdrops in the fields - evidence of where once was the fruit garden!

So Long

James was over for a few days this week - great to spend some time with him, to see him well and happy, entertaining  Eleanor.

Took him up to the daybreak ferry to Scotland and walked Charlie along Loughshore Park at Whiteabbey, catching the dawn:

at the end of Belfast Lough - and on to Scotland