Raising the Bed

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When Sting described seven days*, he reckoned that Monday could wait until Tuesday, and also that Sunday would be too late. The Cure didn’t care that Monday** was blue but were prepared to spend Tuesday and Wednesday in bed. Here at Chez Snail, none of this would have washed with The Snail who, on a Sunday morning, had a great idea.

“Let’s rearrange the garden,” she said, or words to that effect. The three raised beds we had created over a very hard weekend about 15 years ago weren’t really working for us anymore, so The Snail felt it was time to move a number of the old railway sleepers around to create a new big raised bed and leave a space on which to create a green grassy area (lawn is too grand a word, it implies a strict totalitarian regime of cutting which will never happen) to put important things on, such as a parasol and some deck chairs.

And so, on a Monday (actually, it was a Sunday afternoon that I tested out whether I could move a sleeper on my own, but Sting wouldn’t have approved), I started the moveโ€ฆ

First sleeper (in the background) moved

First sleeper (in the background) moved

Digging a trench to take the sleeper that will form the front of the bed

Digging a trench to take the sleeper that will form the front of the bed

New front sleeper being moved into place. Old vertebrae being moved out of place.

New front sleeper being moved into place. Old vertebrae being moved out of place.

Now, if I had followed Sting’s and The Cure’s advice, nothing would have been done by Wednesday. However, I was beginning to think that the heart attack The Cure were planning on Thursday might come to pass.


Slowly taking shape…


Top front sleeper in place – originally, it was going to be the one on the ground, pretending to be a banana


Just a couple of pieces to fit in now

The weather forecast was for very heavy rain on the approaching Monday, so now having everything done by the end of Sunday was really important. With help from The Snail, we finished up in the cool sunshine of a Sunday early evening.


Bed raised and ground in front covered to stop the forecast heavy rain washing soil away

Sleepers (two kinds)

Sleepers (two kinds)

All finished for now – there will be a few additions, such as a painted wooden top to the front sleeper to act as a nice seat.

Roll on edible things growing in the raised bed and drinks under the parasol on the new grass (post to follow about that)!

Complete (for now)!

… to this, In Only Seven Days***


* Seven Days by Sting

** Friday, I’m in Love by The Cure

*** In Only Seven Days by Queen.

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14 thoughts on “Raising the Bed

  1. I now have Friday I’m in Love as my earworm for the afternoon, thank you so much. Not that there’s anything wrong with the song, but it started playing from line 2 of your post!
    I trust all bones are now back in their proper places after all that hard work, which is looking very tidy and organised. After all, when the time comes to test out the deckchairs and parasol, you need to be in good shape!

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    • Sorry about the earworm, it could’ve been woirse, I could’ve mentioned.. oh wait, I won’t. Great. Now I have THAT in my ear! Bones and achy muscles are all present and correct (as much as they ever can be) and watching the rain, wondering when it will end. Until then, I am imagining sitting under the parasol with a long drink. Oh wait – the drink’s real! Hic! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Great job! Well done for not procrastinating ๐Ÿ™‚
    You’ll reap the reward when sitting in your garden, enjoying a cool drink in the summer days – they will come one day!

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  3. Blimey, I bet you were properly knack’d after that. Well done both of you, really hard work, and you obviously got the timing just right (I can’t believe it’s drier in Wales than Devon, and we’ve had practically solid very heavy rain since Tuesday afternoon)

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    • Ah, we have caught up in terms of rain I think since Friday – today (Monday) appears dry though. As for the work, well it did require one of the larger glasses of wine to restore the will to move! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Going Batty in Wales

    Well done to both of you! I shall come over and test out the deckchairs having avoided all the work – cunning Huh?

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  5. now that’s what we call a true revamp and now to consider under the parasol and on the deck chair, what you are going to grow…maybe “hops”

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