Our first booking is for the end of May, so we've kicked it up a gear to get the inside finished and the garden looking presentable.
Again Jake's family were drafted in for garden work, bringing a fresh eye to the site which was a great help, as we've all been staring at the same mound of gravel for the last two months with no inspiration and a long list of other things to be getting on with.
This time with a larger space to work on we've gone for more of a courtyard feel rather than the blooming cottage garden next door in Y Stabl.
I loved the thyme and scented plants Steve potted in the gravel next to the stepping stones, so we did the same again leading from the door of Y Capel to the hot tub.
As this is a larger space there is more scope for Steve to stretch his imagination, and once I'd managed to veer him away from the idea of masses of bamboo we were on track with an unusual looking "Alice in Wonderland" style layout, with balls of box planted in the ground, tree trunk planters and lots of climbers dotted around the place.
Around the front of the chapel there were a few external jobs that needed finishing off, pointing work mainly. Since moving here the chapel has always had quite a significant crack in one corner- it hasn't moved at all in the time we've been here but it wasn't something that beamed with confidence so while pointing up the walls we also put a large stone in the corner to bind it all together- this meant once more bringing up a tractor as back up!