The poly-tunnel duly arrived a few days later and we asked the delivery man if he had any written instructions (preferably not written in German or Mandarin Chinese)
"No it's on the web."
He then told us in great detail how to rake the soil, dig the trenches and how to assemble the polytunnel. At the end of each sentence. Delivery man said:
"It's on the web."
I don't know what site he was talking about. But:
"It's on the web."
It was a bit like a scene from one of my favourite English films:The Railway Children. You know the one with Jennifer Agutter in? No not when she plays that fit nurse and her American boyfriend/patient goes on his holidays to Yorkshire, goes for a pint in the 'Slaughtered Lamb' "Stay on road,Keep clear of moors") in , and turns into a Werewolf. An American Werewolf in London is the film in question. Both films both feature Yorkshire and Jennifer Aggutter. So what's this got to do with putting up polytunnels, Dave? Nothing. It's just that there's a scene in the film (The Railway Children) when they have just moved OOP North and the cart driver is taking Mrs (posh) Waterbury and her children and her belongings via horse and cart to their new humble abode. You must remember the scene when Mrs Waterbury says:
"May I borrow your lamp please?
Cart man: I dare say.
Mrs Waterbury: If you say: "I dare say" once more. I shall have hysterics, "I dare say,"
The man's instructions seemed to be correct and number one son showed his Mecca-no skills yet again. Whilst me, myself and I dug the trenches. Luckily number one had dug the site over thoroughly with our Smalley digger last week.
We are going to attempt to offer the plastic to the poly tunnel today (Saturday) and then it's sowing time. I also hope to get my fist early new potatoes in this weekend. Potatoes are traditionally planted around St Patrick's day. It's also time to put the cattle to pasture. I am not though. Give them another few bales of silage and see if the grass grows.
March is a strange month and it is said to: "come in like a lamb and go like a lion". We could still get snow yet. Are you working on your vegetable plot this weekend? How do I protect my tunnel against gales? Are you growing anything different this year? Will post latest pictures tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend.
|New frame and trenches dug with my long handled shovel and trusty Azada. |