Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Spring Cleaning

Passed the first test of a family visit, despite 3 days of rain.  We think everyone had a good time.

We had a guy come and de-bramble the rest of the barn.  Unfortunately, the bulldozer managed to murder the japanese quince, and yet leave the pear stump that is sprouting from the rootstock.  Sigh.

I got the first delivery of wood for next year stacked and undercover before the deluge.

The old pear looks shabbier and shabbier every year.

Had a bit of a wind storm yesterday and a small tree blew over.  I don´t know what it was, the neighbor only said they used to use them to make brooms.  Any thoughts?  Could be firewood, could be some garden structure.


  1. It looks like Broom to me but hard to see from the pics. Does it have yellow flowers? My goats used to love it.

  2. I was going to suggest the same as Nicky, Broom. Traditionally brooms were made from this plant. Love the remains of the old barn, what are your plans for it?

  3. I thought broom was more of a shrub. It did have yellow flowers last year, I think.

    We hope to put a roof on the barn and use it for storage. Eventually I´d like a studio/workshop. The architecture is a little confusing - 3 separate compartments that don´t connect internally.

  4. Broom ranges in size from a shrub to almost tree height, I have certainly seen it in Galicia at a good 10ft in height.