Down the east side of the garden to the pond
What you see here is the actual east boundary ditch. We have a fence behind the old elder tree on the left that is covered in ivy. It’s very narrow and dark between the fence and the path and as an old holly tree needs cutting back, I don’t go down there very often.
So, instead, we’re taking the grass path to the south end of the garden. I’m standing at the end of the terrace on the east side of the house.
A couple of yards down the grass path I look left and slightly back and can see the fence line behind the mahonia. This area is covered in cyclamen in their flowering season.
Now I carry on along the path. You can see the old chicken shed in the distance.
If I look back now I can see the old apple tree that the starlings nest in every year.
But if I look to the right, I can see the wild bit in the centre of the garden with the oak, birch and beech.
So, from the terrace onwards we’ve walked from here…
…to here, the great willowherb on the corner of the pond. The brick you can see is my neighbour’s house, now almost totally obscured.
We walk along this woodchip path with the banked area at east side of the pond.
The woodchip path takes us right to the south ditch boundary, marked by the old chicken shed which has an old apple tree leaning against it and the pond is to the right.
I reach the chicken shed and look right at the far side of the pond. The wooden frame is for my autumn raspberries.
I’m at the corner, just past the chicken shed.
I’ve walked around and have the compost bin screening behind me. There’s a lot of growth around the pond this year.
I continue around. You can see the autumn raspberry frame and great willow herb from a different viewpoint.
But I walk right around again to give you a long view of the garden from the pond to the house.
Now, if you’re as tired as me, find a seat and have your drink of choice!