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 move…
First sleeper (in the background) moved
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.
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)
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)!
… to this, In Only Seven Days***
* Seven Days by Sting
** Friday, I’m in Love by The Cure
*** In Only Seven Days by Queen.