David has been creating this fabulous chessboard.

Meanwhile the transformation of the walled kitchen garden continues. Sam is continuing his herculean task of clearing bracken from the top end, carefully lifting and replanting snowdrops and daffodils as he goes. Roger, Rod and Terry have started building a low fence to section off the top end. We’ve pruned the soft fruit and weeded and prepped the vegetable and flower borders ready for the new year.

Elsewhere we managed some more planting and weeding (including more effort to get on top of that pesky celandine)!