Our wonderful gardener has been busy at Rhydd Barn refreshing our flower pots, tubs, and baskets around the barn patio—the cyclamen look good now. And the small flower bed at the entrance to the barn has been tidied up: some unsuitable shrubs were removed in favour of smaller flowering plants (eg small roses from the local nursery in Guarlford) with a backing of slate to keep it tidy. The edging along our entrance drive has been repaired or replaced where necessary so it all looks much neater, giving a positive first impression to our visitors.
Here I am, on the first day of summer, in The Rhydd fields with our small border collie, Lottie, and next door’s labrador Summer (who many of you might know!).
—Rosemary, owner of Rhydd Barn
Our plant pots on the patio have been refreshed and spring flowers – primroses – are appearing in the little wild flower meadow despite the cold weather. The new gates installed last year have been varnished to protect them.
We have been busy over the winter period with various maintenance works at Rhydd Barn. The converted stable to the north of the barn has been cleared out and decorated and our short-term plan is for guests to use it for secure storage (eg. for bicycles). Another water butt has been installed to help reduce mains water usage in the garden and on our patio plant containers. At the rear of the barn concrete has been added to fill in some small gaps and smoothen out the base of the stone wall. And, finally, the sewage treatment plant has been upgraded.
The photographs show that the towel rail in the bathroom, which had become unsafe, has now been replaced.
At the same time a new glass shelf was fitted under the mirror above the washbasin which is more securely attached to the wall.
Bluebells are flowering at the bottom of the slope behind the barn in ‘the dingle’.
The small white flowers of blackthorn are appearing in the hedgerows. A lovely warm sunny day after a cold and wet winter.
I have bought an attractive set of new saucepans for the kitchen.