Monday morning and the wall begins. I can’t believe how warm it is – sunhat and t shirts. But with the fetching sight of guantlets as well. My job for hours and hours was to keep up a steady supply of rocks and stones for Nicolas.
So that meant putting the car to use yet again. Poor vehicle; on the weekend it was wood, today it’s rocks. And the whoppers go into the wheelbarrow as they are too heavy for the car.
I have found a few caches of rocks from some crumbling walls above the road near the forest. But I have to come up with some more tomorrow if I’m to keep up. I think there are plenty up near the top potager, but I’ll have to work out how far that will be to struggle with my buckets of stones.
I had to set my alarm for 2pm as I had to dash to Aubenas to meet Andrew for a plant swap. Yesterday it was Leslie and Teo, and today Andrew. That’s my idea of a great week. My curency is a stock of freshly uprooted raspberry plants.
I have kept the suckers alive all year – I usually just hoe off the escaping raspberries from the bed. But I knew that everyone was in the market for the wonder fruit. So I have been struggling past them all season getting snagged but knowing that they would make good gifts.
And in exchange I am blessed. I have day lilies, violas, monardas, irises, winter jasmine and pelargoniums. And from Andrew I have my fantastic supply of tulips and paper white narcissus.
I suspect I have more plants from Teo and Leslie which have escaped my memory – I did unpack things in the dark last night. But I’ll see them tomrrow.
I have a huge planting day ahead of me. Oh, yes, and I need to stockpile a small mountain of stones for the Wednesday wall work.