Major reconstruction at the village house. I’m quite a laissez faire sort of person, and I do like having a wild garden, but when functionality ceases to function it’s time to make some changes. In this case it was some quite major and expensive changes to the front of the property. We also had to replace the old small septic tank as 5 people living 24 hours a day can fill it very quickly and there’s currently no real way of getting it emptied without using a bilge pump (probably one of the worst tasks I regularity have to do).
What started as merely wanting to change the gate – a job I have been putting off for several years – turned into an entire landscaping project because there was the issue of having to remove a hillock in order to get a new one in. The property has been in use for several hundred years and different buildings have come and gone all over it – there’s also the worry of finding unexploded mines and artillery shells from the first and second world wars.
Heavy snowfall crushed the hedges making them useless, and parasitic hop vines choked the life out of what was left. So we decided to bulldoze the lot and put in a solid wall as well. The end result is much more land available and some pretty cool historical parts which will make a nice terrace once I learn how to rebuild ancient stone walls and root cellars…
Filmed with a Panasonic Lumix FZ300/FZ330 with a Polaroid UV lens, and a Xiaomi Note 8 Pro phone