pear tree log: I started this blog to keep my younger son, Jonny, in touch with life in Lincolnshire, while he spent a year working in China. That year turned into five! Now he is home and training to become a physics teacher. This is simply a patchwork quilt of some of the things I enjoy - life in rural Lincolnshire, our animals, friends, architecture, books, the gardens, and things of passing interest.

Friday, 14 October 2011


..I've just seen number 8...  '

You won't remember that song Jonny, it was 'Venus in Blue Jeans' - which I absolutely adored when I was a young girl of about 9 or 10! 

Back to our wonder, it is the 'Great Wall of Aby', built by you and your Pa.  The final brick was laid today!  That completes all 200 foot of wall, 17 levels, as it rises and falls.  It has taken a long time but it was worth it.
The retaining wall is finally finished!  How many years has that taken?

This is the view from the patio - it all looks a bit different now Jonny, especially with the laurels in place.  

It has been a quiet day, but a nice day - we picked more apples at the apple farm down Rye Lane; some are for storing and the rest are for the apple chutney, which I will make tomorrow.  We have already tried a jar of the first batch,  it goes very nicely in our lunch time sandwiches.

The cats had a lazy day - they insisted on going out last night and this is the result

they spent the day snoozing in the conservatory - but they did leave an impressive number of bodies outside the patio doors this morning.  Clever girls.  Lets hope that this means we won't be seeing rats whizzing around the garden this winter!

I hope all is well with you.

Lots of love,




  1. hello - thanks for visitnig me - we were nearly neighbours! The most beautiful views on the island are between Lochganivich and Achmore.
    What a lovely blog for your son to read

  2. The cats look lovely enjoying their lazy day!

  3. When I read your note to Jonny today, this post was suggested for reading. I do love seeing photos of your home, inside and out. What a job that must have been to build the retaining wall. I'm wondering how your home came to be in this very interesting old building. Did you install a new roof on it? Mine had big holes in it with birds flying freely through it.

    1. Hi Meggie, I think the easiest way to explain the retaining wall, and the building renovations will be for me to do a post or two on it. I'll dig out some photos of the work in progress, and I'll also tell you a little about the history of the building. In the meantime, we stripped it right back to just four walls, then began again - but we kept, and installed, as much character as we could. Remember, it was originally stables, cow shed, and cart shed - so it is a very simple little building.


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