Busy day today.
My "drain man" came this morning to sort out the drain under the kitchen window, which was slow to clear.
He came a couple of years ago to sort out a blocked sewer pipe from the toilet. Turned out there was a big lump of concrete stuck in the pipe under the drive. It must have been there since the house was built and the pipe had also settled a bit. The pipe needed replacing and to get at it, he needed a concrete disc cutter to get through the drive. Then dig down three feet.
He's got all the gear, a big van with a compressor and pump, including a camera on a cable winder, which he could push up the pipe from the inspection hatch half-way down the drive. Turned out there was something blocking a lot of wisteria leaves. Err... a bit of strong garden wire!
Anyway, all done in less than an hour and he only charged me £80.
Mowed the lawn and collected a lot of leaves and debris. Gave the moss on the lawn a dose of iron sulphate and the roses some sulphur rose, particularly the surface of the soil in the pots. I want to get ahead of any black spot infection.
Our oldest bird bath has given up the ghost. It got attacked by the frost a few years ago and I mended it. Same thing has happened again and the bowl fell to pieces when I took it off the stand to clean it.
Went to Dobbies to see if I could get some sort of concrete bowl I could adapt, but they had nothing. Didn't fancy paying £60 for another fountain which, effectively, would only be, "second lobster." ("Love Actually," analogy).
I could probably adapt a green plastic saucer. I don't like seeing plastic in the garden, but it'll be right down the bottom of the garden and it's just for the birds.
Whilst I was at the garden centre, I found some hebes!
They must have just come in. At £12.99, a lot cheaper than those I tried to buy at Waitrose, so I bought six. When I got to the check-out, I only got charged £9.99 each.
For now as they're small, I'll put three in each trough, reducing them to two once they grow.
As it looks as if 'arry hasn't been in his house for some time, (I had a sneaky peek), I'm assuming he's under the tea-house. The foxes would have left bedding under there a few years ago. He may have decided it would be warmer under there, with the heaters in the jukeboxes above his head.
At least I'm hoping he's survived. He was under there before I bought him a house, which he soon found, two years ago and moved in.
I've put some dry food and water under there. Cats can't get under the building's side skirts, but he can.
I've re--positioned one of the trail cameras on the side of the building, so we'll know if he comes in or out.