I thought I would do something a little different for this post. I decided I would look at some before and after photos of the approach to our front door to see how much it has changed. Luckily I have a photo from the 1950’s to start the whole thing off. So there is not a lot of text in this post. I can now also upload videos now that we have usable broad band speeds, so that will be coming soon.
I also noticed that I don’t have any photos of the entrance when it was at its most over grown. When we first arrived in 2015 you could barely see any slate, we had to free it from 5 to 10 cm of dirt before we could reveal it. The 2015 pictures shown were taken after the initial clean up.
As you can see the whole area was dug up to allow cables to be buried and pipes to be run underground. Part of the reason for removal of the vegetation is down to practicalities. The more vegetation you have the more damp will be in the walls and certainly the ensuite bathroom which originally had a massive bay tree outside it was very damp – green algae growing on the inside walls. Another good reason is that the less cover there is the less vermin you get (rats and mice) and this house has had severe rat and mice infestations in the past.
One thing we learned this year thanks to our unusually cold weather is that snow doesn’t sit on slate paths very long. I am not sure whether it is that the slippery surface of the slate allows the wind to clear the paths or the fact that slate absorbs a little bit of heat but even though the pipes froze on one occasion the paths were clear.
We really like the clipped grass look as you come in and we plan to plant some lavender beside the path so you will get a waft of scent as you walk down the path. Ideal (Cornish vernacular), especially if we get the hot summer we deserve.