A busy autumn afternoon in the garden raking up leaves. It is dry, but cloudy rain, yes rain is forecast. This year there has been so very little rain I have almost forgotten what it feels like to be out in the rain (just watch this space I now feel within a short space of time I will be bemoaning the superfluity of rain, however much it is needed)
Barrow load after barrow load of leaves, Jenny burying herself in the piles as Milo looks on astonished. It seems the more I rake the more leaves fall, and the trees still have leaves in abundance! Amongst the leaves are lots of acorns fallen from the two grand Oak trees on the west lawn. They too had to be raked up, this time not put on the compost heap but into three enormous containers to be carried to the hill with the coniferous plantation that in twenty years has not managed to grow. I will sow an oak woodland instead – if the wild boar allow!
Then at five o’clock just as dusk fell the toot of a horn announced the arrival of a van with two pallets of pellets for our wood and pellet burning boiler – need to keep our feet toasty warm with our delightful underfloor heating, and guess what…. 140 bags had to be unloaded and then carried to the pellet store, opened and tipped into the store. That is two tons of pellets!! and as the rain started I have just finished, exhausted! phew!
I think it is now gin and tonic time and a soak in a nice hot bath!!
I am so lucky here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria. Not only do I have great guys staying but I also have great guys asking to use the house and pool and grounds as location for their photoshoot.
Recently a photographer asked on behalf of a young guy from the area to come and shoot some photos and here is one of them taken in the swimming pool here at Bellaugello…
Although the garden is coming along quite nicely there are still large tracts of earth where there should be grass.
Friends told me of an innovative product – grass gel!! I am led to believe that you can now spray a lawn into existence!? The gel which is coloured green (better than purple I guess) has lawn seed, fertiliser, and water feed and one simply sprays a lawn into existence, ten days later up pops the grass…
Well it might just work, but remember this is Italy where tomorrow is the key word. Since last October we have been waiting for the guys to come and quote and to show us an exampe of their work, and I guess I would need a hairdresser to spray the gel (I’ve had a zero cut for years and have no idea how to use gel) and keep the grass cut nicely 🙂
Last year I put down lawn seed and spent many riveting hours watching the ants carrying off the seed, much to their delight and my chagrin! Result baldy lawns. So I wanted to try the gell. Until very recently it has been too wet and cold to attempt a lawn, soon it will be too hot and dry and I need lawn urgently – I just love walking up and down, backwards and forwards behind the lawn-mower.
Seriously I looked into turf. Friends have had differing results. I guess it is all in the preparation of the soil and the aftercare. Turf here in Italy tends to be grown in the north of the country. In itself it is not toooo expensive, however the transport makes it plain costly. I was in the garden store in Gubbio and witnessed a delivery of guess what, not the flowering plants I need to put in the pots for Easter, but turves.
I enquired, they have 50mq as yet unsold. Ok, now do I spend an astonishing amount of money to turf the upper terrace, or try again with seed. Both need preparation with the rotovator, the turf will give instant gratification just what your average gay guy wants, but then there is the gel too… hum…