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Making new paths

On Friday we had 10 tons of 40 mm scalpings delivered.  This is what a 10 ton pile looks like.

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When we first put down our raised vegetable beds, we laid the paths in between with black weed suppressant sheet and covered them with bark chippings.  These paths looked lovely at first, but after 3 years the bark has decomposed and the weeds have grown in the bark and just taken over.

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So Neil has been digging out the weeds and pulling back the bark to get back to the black weed suppressant sheet.  The bark chippings we have been depositing on the hen run and the hens love it to scratch around in.

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He is then filling the paths with scaplings (stones) to make new paths, which hopefully the weeds cannot grow in.

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This is very physically demanding work and will take quite a long time to do. He is out there again this afternoon, so my job is to prepare regular cups of tea and get on with the roast dinner for tonight.  Also I have to go and iron the bed linen from yesterday’s B&B guests, so I’m not twiddling my fingers even though I’m not helping with the scalpings.

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Lovely walk at Staple Hill

The other day we went for a lovely walk at Staple Hill.  It’s only a 5 minute drive from here and is managed by the Forestry Commission as part of Neroche.  There are signed paths and viewpoints.  The forest is dense pine forest.

Pine Forest at Staple Hill

We did the short loop walk, where there is a proper made up path so not muddy, and various benches along the way for people to sit.  This path is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs too.

An unusual shaped tree at Staple Hill

Along this walk are a couple of viewpoints with fantastic views across the west country.  On a fine day you can see as far as Wales.  It was a bit overcast when we went but still the views were marvellous.

View to the west

The car park is free, which is nice to find in this day and age.  We met several people walking their dogs or their children!!  So we asked someone to take a picture of all 3 of us.

Us 3 at Staple Hill, the day after Boxing Day

There are longer paths/walks starting from Staple Hill car park, called Herepaths but these looked to be a bit more muddy, after all the rain we have had recently.  Still it’s a lovely place to visit and so near to here.  If you want to come for a visit look us up at

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