Courtyard revival and a touch of the ladybird..
|It's not the before shot - I'm about half way through here.|
I'll even look away as you click on the image
to enlarge.. *gulp*.
It is a fantastic space although over winter it is rarely used. By the time spring comes around it looks very neglected, sad and tired - every year, without fail.
Today was time for the courtyard's spring clean. I started at 8:45am and worked solidly until late afternooon, stopping to have a quick lunch before doing the afternoon school pick up.
Keep an eye out for the touch of the ladybird, as my friend Kirsty likes to call the recent splashes of red happening at our place!
At least it's all ready now for some spring seedlings.
Strawberries still had their dead foliage from last summer.
This was removed and they were treated to a big drink of worm juice..
A tip scrounged cane plant stand finds a new home..
and the hanging pink flowering strawberry from my mum also finds it's way to the courtyard..
Yet another ladder from the tip..this time to accommodate strawberry pots..
..with the odd teapot or kettle...
The ladder is a bit of a work in progress..
Even the barbeque was cleaned. This was a big one for me. I think it's usually around November when I tackle this, but it's nice to get it done and out of the way.
We had our first bbq of the season for dinner!
The paving was swept and blowed with the leaf blower and then scrubbed and hosed. Wheelbarrows of weeds and and perished plant pots were removed and the windows got a lick and a promise...
..and during all of this, one of the new kerchiefs did a cracking job of keeping my hair at bay and un-dusty!
The table and chairs are still on the list of cleaning jobs and perhaps some chair covers if I get really inspired!
What Spring (or Autumn for those north of the equator) jobs have you got on your 'To do' list?