The Big Lift

P1000470 (1024x769)Every autumn in Ilfracombe there is an event called The Big Lift.  This is the date when many of the boats in the water are craned out onto the harbourside for the winter, into relative safety and to have their barnacles scraped and the like.  At a pre-arranged date in spring these freshly manicured and smooth bottomed boats are lifted back into the sea.  It is a rite of passage.  It is symbolic of the passing of the seasons and means we can all gawp at a big crane tentatively maneuvering someone’s very expensive yacht onto the tarmac.

Every autumn at Cliffe there an event called The Big Lift.  This is the time when we lift some of our more tender plants, such as aeoniums, out of the nurturing soil but away from the threat of frost.  They are transferred into the relative safety of the greenhouse to have their barnacles scraped and the like.  As soon as we dare, on a totally random day the spring, these plants are returned to the earth where they belong.  It is a rite of passage.  It is symbolic of the passing of the seasons and means we can rest a little easy at night when the weather chaps says “widespread frost”.

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  1. What a lovely lot! They make such interesting shapes against that wall.

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