Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Digging For Victory

Today dawned cold and wet.  Even before it dawned there was thunder and lightning, but by 8.30 am there was just pouring rain.  And cold.

I decided against painting the shutters and went off to the garden centre near L'Isle Jourdain to get some plants to perk up the garden a bit.  At least after the rain the soil would be workable.

I bought a car load...

boot of car

...and they are lovely!

I thought I would put them in the patch that Pete cleared on Monday...

cleared ground

..it gets some shade from the buildings, but also sun.  First I watered all the plants thoroughly by plunging them into a bucket of water, and then it was time to fork over the soil.  Not such a simple job!  Two hours and nearly 3 barrow loads of rubbish later and I am still not half-way across the patch.

Tiles, stones and weeds

This is my third barrowload!

I also uncovered / dug up some big flat stones that were obviously part of a path.  I had found others from this path before and I'm pretty sure it led from the end room of the house to the outside toilet, which was the only one available.  I like to think of it as the Thunder Path.  When I bought the house it had a concrete slope at the back and the little door from the end room opened onto this.  I think that you would have gone out of that door, across the concrete under the barbecue shelter and across the little area I am digging, to the loo!

I used the outside loo for a year before I had proper sanitation.  Here it is in its  cosy little 'shed' (before I moved in to the house)....

toilet distant

Anyway, I digress...

Did I mention it was really cold this morning?  Well, of course, as soon as I started digging, the sun came out and it was BAKING HOT!  I'm taking a break right now, writing this, and I'm going to go back to the digging this evening when it's a little cooler.

Seeing as how this hamlet was actually the farm barns for the Knights Templar, who had their quarters in a little village called Champeau, just a stone's throw from here, I thought I might uncover at least one interesting artefact.  What I did discover is an awful lot of bindweed, mixed in with a considerable amount of nettle roots.  It made me think - I've never seen bindweed on the Time Team...



...why is that?  It certainly slows things down, trying to pick it all out, and I wouldn't like to think how long it would take with a teeny Time Team trowel...

4 comments:

marigold jam said...

Best of luck - looks like jolly hard work but at least you will be able to appreciate the flowers when you sit on the loo!!! Is it still usable?

Pearly Queen said...

No - the mechanism finally broke (it was like an aircraft loo) and my son helped me to take it out.

Helen said...

What a great blog and what a lovely project you have on your hands! Renovation work is so hard and I know (very well) that sometimes it seems never ending. Worth it in the end though - even all that gloss painting!

Best wishes and thanks for following me! Helen

Joy said...

I would actually like an outside 'loo'--we call it an outhouse. I know my husband won't put one in, but if I lived in the country and lots of guests showed, it would come in handy! I see you have lavender in the car boot (we call it the 'trunk'). You are certainly determined to make a proper flower bed---will you be adding some fertilizer or compost to the soil?