As regular Hermonites will know, I make an annual foray into the garden here at Ardhu in a blaze of Spring induced enthusiasm and leave the earthscape altered in some respect.. Yesterday aided and abetted by my friend Tony Ryan and my brother Tony I replaced a crumbling roadside wooden fence with a spanking new one. The day for this engineering exercise dawned gloriously and we completed the job bathed in golden sunshine necessitating copious amounts of sunscreen and Nash’s red lemonade to respectively stop the burn and quench our thirst. We worked well as a team and had to negotiate several obstacles as we progressed. Large stones embedded deep in the earth prevented the easy sinking of the fence posts and had to be dug and rooted out. Tony Ryan took over ownership of the sledge hammer for the job and wielded it with an enthusiasm and ferocity that was a sight to behold. My brother insisted on cutting down any offending trees in our path and set to work like a ravenous beaver on the saw.
My role was a jack-of-all-trades assisting when required at all the little tasks that eventually led us to the completion of the new fence. The days enterprise reminded me again of the benefits of teamwork and the blessing of having family and friend to lend a hand for what would have been an impossible task on ones own. So the garden is now enclosed by a new fence and it now remains to plan and sow the earth for the new season. Whether to fill it with vegetables or festoon with flowers is the question, as soon as I have it resolved I’ll let you all know