A number of years ago I started a blog on the work and progress I did on the garden at Fell View Kielder. Then due to blog host changes, and work commitments at the time I stopped recording what I did. Over time several friends, Marion & Colin especially said I should start doing this again, but I did not bother.
Well now I have a new garden to work on, not that the garden is new, but new to us. I thought it would be good to record our progress. Also we were given these mugs which helped inspire me to get writing.
Trostrie garden looking west
If you are like me then you like looking at plans to place where things are, well I am afraid this time you are going to be disappointed, but I will say the garden has some well established areas, and some a bit more wild.
Trostrie garden looking south
These three pictures are looking west, south and east respectively
Trostrie garden looking east
Over the more established area of garden in front of the house
New gate attached to old stone wall
The previous owner has two lively dogs and she was very worried in case they escaped so the main area of the garden was very well fenced in.
Well we do not have a dog and after a very short time realised that we needed a new access gate, so we did not have to go all the way round the house to get out of the garden.
Putting down the sub base for the path
The first thing I did was put in a single person gate. On clearing the undergrowth it became clear that there had originally been a gate there before, but it had been nailed up. The sides of the path were defined by gravel boards, and the base for the path was sub-base. We have had a delivery of around 6 tons to make a start on the paths.
Second gate going in
Having put the first gate and path in I needed to connect it up with the next one, rather than just walking across some very rough ground
When I needed a rest from the sub-base moving, we started the process of burning the two massive bonfires of waste material that there is. The trouble is this is very wet and does not burn that easily. As soon as I turned my back on the bonfire and went back to moving the stone it went out.
Who knows maybe the plans will be in the next installment of this blog.
You can see the garden for yourself if you book a self catering dog friendly holiday @
The Shieling which is attached to Trostrie Cottage http://www.trostriecottage.co.uk/
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