Fruit. A Ladder. And A Bill.

This week I have been weeding inside the fruit cage.

We have the makings of a fine harvest in there. Five well established redcurrant bushes, heaving with developing fruit. I would love to say it was my expert pruning of these previously overgrown shrubs, but it’s probably just a good year. Plus there are two large blueberry bushes, covered in flowers and buzzing with bees.

Just before we moved in I purchased some Tulameen raspberry canes, our favourite variety. They’ve been heeled into a remote corner of the old veggie patch ever since. High time they were transplanted into the cage. And a simple enough job you might think. We already have a selection of poles and some sturdy wire for the support: it should cost absolutely nothing. Perfect.


Raspberry supports Wm


So I asked Mike if he’d help me bang the poles into the ground. For some reason we have to use poles that are about twice the required height. So tall in fact that it is necessary to remove the roof of the cage and stand on top of a step ladder to hammer them in. The ground is uneven..

It is all looking very precarious..

The ladder starts to sway..

It is fortunate really that the ground was still soft from being dug over. Mike ended up on his back with his feet in the air, tangled in what remained of the ladder and two sides of the fruit cage.

Bill so far? £200.

I have been told, more than once, that the lady from the fruit cage company was far more sympathetic than me. But then she can’t possibly know what I have to put up with.


Fruit Cage Wm[1]


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  1. Crafty Gardener May 31, 2013 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness, hope Mike is okay and that the stakes and rhubarb finally got planted.

    • Jessica May 31, 2013 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      He was fine, thanks. As well as the soft landing, getting tangled in the mesh of the cage slowed his fall. It was a bit like watching a slow motion film. Quite funny really (after the event)!

  2. haggiz May 31, 2013 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    That is a great fruit cage. Do you ever have a boring day, where you do things that don’t end in disaster or make us laugh?!! Julie x

    • Jessica May 31, 2013 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      The trouble with living on a hill is that you are more prone to the effects of gravity. At least that’s how it feels!

  3. Antoinette May 31, 2013 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Expensive hubby that! 😉 Seriously – hope he’s ok.

    • Jessica May 31, 2013 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      You’re not kidding!
      He describes himself as ‘accident prone’. I’ve always said he should have paid more attention in physics lessons, particularly the bit about cause and effect.
      But he’s fine, thanks.

  4. jabblog May 31, 2013 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    I’m not a naturally cruel woman but I did laugh at the image of your poor husband kicking his legs in the air. I hope he’s not too badly bruised.

    • Jessica May 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Only to pride!

  5. Simone May 31, 2013 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    It sounds like a Laurel and Hardy sketch!!! You should have got it on film. Despite laughing, I really do hope that Mike is OK!

    • Jessica May 31, 2013 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      I have learnt from experience that turning up with a camera at times of discomfiture is not well received.. hence picture of mended fruit cage, not the one with the hole in it!

  6. countrysidetales May 31, 2013 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Oh dear. I hope you didn’t laugh too obviously.

    It’s the long cold Spring apparently that’s going to give us a bumper fruit crop this autumn- something about the plants/ trees not having to use up growth energy early. (what a very sensible comment- I wonder what’s wrong with me?)

    • Jessica May 31, 2013 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      Only afterwards!
      Thank goodness the long cold Spring has got something going for it.

  7. snowbird May 31, 2013 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Hahahaha….sorry I couldn’t help it! Oh poor Mike, I’m glad it was only his pride that was hurt.

    How wonderful that you’re going to have a bumper crop, I MOST jealous of your blueberries….every bush I buy bites the dust.xxxx

    • Jessica May 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      They like a bit of acid in the soil. Having said that, the one I planted isn’t looking so great..

  8. frayed at the edge May 31, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Another IE fail, but I copied the comment so I can paste it into Firefox (which has remembered my details). I did do the F5 thing!
    The first time Malcolm fell of a ladder he landed on a glass topped table, breaking the glass …… and he wrecked the stepladder (which was mine) What? – oh, yes, he was dented but unhurt! (the second time he badly bruised his ribs)

    • Jessica May 31, 2013 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your persistence Anne..
      Men, eh? They mean well.

  9. Em May 31, 2013 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Glad Mike is okay but I did laugh. It’s the old over-engineering thing again isn’t it? You should see our new cold frame…..oh dear.

    • Jessica May 31, 2013 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      If those posts ever need to come out it will require a reverse pile driver to achieve it..

  10. Sharon June 1, 2013 at 2:28 am - Reply

    Very glad Mike is okay. He calls it “accident prone”, I call it inheriting the klutz gene, in fact, I wrote about that very thing today. Hope that his valiant efforts will be worth it and you’ll have a bumper crop.

    • Jessica June 1, 2013 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Thanks Sharon. The raspberries are looking hopeful, if they fail it won’t be for lack of support!

  11. Virginia June 1, 2013 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Well, I feel very sorry for Mike … I’m still in awe of his plumbing feats, and, if the truth be told, I’d have to call in a professional to get anything done… husband is definitely neither safe nor competent in any building endeavour.

    Well done both of you. Your marriage is still thriving too!

    • Jessica June 1, 2013 at 10:01 am - Reply

      We try our best! Thanks Virginia.

  12. elaine June 1, 2013 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Never a dull moment at your house – all’s well that ends well eh!

    • Jessica June 1, 2013 at 10:03 am - Reply


  13. BadPenny June 1, 2013 at 8:49 am - Reply

    It could have been worse – he could have been impaled on a stake ! You two do make me smile x

    • Jessica June 1, 2013 at 10:07 am - Reply

      That doesn’t bear thinking about 🙁
      Thanks Penny.

  14. Janet/PlantalisciousJ June 1, 2013 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Eek. A pricey fall, to pride and fruit cage. Hoep the raspberry crop makes it worthwhile. That and the youtube video? Surely enough time has passed now for him to find that funny?!

    • Jessica June 1, 2013 at 10:10 am - Reply

      That would take five years. At least!

  15. Jo June 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Hope Mike’s ok. That’s a smashing fruit cage, it sounds like you’re going to get a great harvest.

    • Jessica June 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      He’s fine, thanks!
      The crop looks better than last year at any rate.. I shall need to protect the blueberries though. The squirrels had the last lot!

  16. Denise June 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    It’s a bit like eggs…by the time you’ve bought all the kit, and spent money feeding your girls their favourite tit-bits, I reckon each egg produced costs at least a fine English pound! How much will each of your raspberries be worth, I wonder!?

    • Jessica June 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      Ah, but Primrose and Daisy are such characters.. you get so much more than eggs!

      • Denise June 2, 2013 at 7:52 am - Reply

        This is true…their very presence is priceless!

        • Jessica June 2, 2013 at 8:24 am - Reply

          I did laugh at them clucking about on your video!

  17. Wendy June 1, 2013 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    I’m glad Mike was OK. It was bad enough to fall on its own but then to become tangled up in everything… But you should have some lovely fruit and I’m glad the bees are buzzing all over the flowers.

    • Jessica June 1, 2013 at 11:12 pm - Reply

      There do seem to be a lot of bees about Wendy, it’s good to see.

  18. Rosie June 2, 2013 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Oh, my goodness! Glad to hear Mike wasn’t hurt it could have been worse – quite a costly fall though. I hope non of your fruit bushes were damged as it sounds as if you are going to have some lovely soft fruit later this year:)

    • Jessica June 2, 2013 at 10:50 am - Reply

      I hope so, I’m thinking I might have to make some redcurrant jelly to use them all up!

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