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November 22, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Walled Garden greenhouses

2014-09-27, Neil Harrison AWG photos (35) Francis running 2014-10-28, AWG greenhouse renovation (1) 2014-10-28, AWG greenhouse renovation (2) 2014-10-28, AWG greenhouse renovation (3)It’s been a busy Saturday – Venetia & I rode 3 ponies to a local arena this morning;  whizzed off for a Duck n Dive swimming lesson; back for a quick lunch; met up with Phil Allen, Head Gardener of Apley Walled Garden; delivered thank you presents to the men who painted the white Christmas tree decorations for me 2 weeks ago; popped into my favourite local shop TFM; removed the Third Apley Archive Exhibition in the Creamery Café & replaced it with entries to the Apley Children’s Christmas Art Competition (deadline Fri 28 Nov, so bring yours in asap !) & photos* formerly hung in the Apley Holiday Cottages; & collected our elder daughters from the train station, home for a show jumping competition tomorrow. *The photos have been taken round the Estate by our tractor driver Ian Edwards & Estate Office staff member Dennis Price.

I’ve been slow to share these pictures of the greenhouses (taken by Neil Harrison) looking wonderful again, after 60 yrs out of use. Phil sent them to me 21 Oct & I can hardly believe it’s already 22 Nov ! The greenhouses of course will hugely & importantly extend our growing season. Today we discussed the greenhouses; the budget; how much produce has been sold through the shop, the café, restaurants & other clients; 2015’s tours & gardening training courses; help during harvest time; the pesky pheasants who’ve pecked at his Greens & red cabbages through the protective nets.

I adore this photo of Francis (4) running in the gardens with his broken arm (thankfully he never fell over!) taken by Neil Harrison, the ex army photographer who’s been photographing Apley through the seasons since May.

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