With the warmer weather upon us (finally) and lockdown having drawn out longer than any of us had anticipated I have made time to disconnect from work and get back to a project that I started a wee while back.
I know, I know. I’ve been here a couple of years so why is this wall thing/garden area not finished yet? Pretty sure that the Great Wall of China will have taken less time to build.
Well, winter, for one. Work, for another. Both have kept me close to the fire.
Anyhoo, progress is being made!
In brief, when I first moved in there was a giant wall that blocked a lot of the sun in that area so wanted to create a zen-zone to chill out in. Here area a couple of pics of where it all started two years ago…
Coming back to it this year has presented some additional challenges. For one, the earth that had been moved now has a mass of grass and weeds on it and the earth above the wall has slumped a bit.
Yeesh. That’s going to take some rotavating to get it to where it needs to be.
At least the massive pile of bricks has moved – not far, but it was moved.
I have also been removing the “decorative” stones from the edge of the current path as this is going to be relocated so that I don’t keep smashing my head on the low hanging gutter.
More recently, after I stopped getting overwhelmed by the whole thing I appear to have made lots of progress. At least that’s what my back is telling me – ouchie!
First I have been taking out extra bricks so that I can mitre in the new connecting wall that will form the base for the decking area. A small thing, but a problem solved.
I have also taken off all of the old cement that was left over from removing the header stones so that I have a reasonably level surface on which to lay the extra layers that will be going on.
Sadly I still haven’t managed to remove the stumpy bush root stock but hopefully this will be getting cut down to the ground, extra earth put on top and a growth control mat put on top so it shouldn’t be a problem – wish me luck!
The step that will form the base of the new steps has also been cleaned away as has the area that will be where the connecting wall joins the other two walls together.
So, in short, it’s still a ruddy great mess, as am I but at least progress has been made!
I have also been learning brick laying from YouTube and have collected together trowels, cement and other neccassary equipment so I am confident (more like wishful) that at least the base area where the decking will be going will be done by the end of July.
Maybe the whole thing will be finished by Autumn?! Lol, well, we will see.
Anyway, hope you enjoyed this little foray into the “behind the scenes” life of a middle aged designer with no real direction. Lol!
Any thoughts, comments and tips on garden construction are VERY welcome.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to have another update for you next month.
In the meantime, do enjoy the crafty stuff that I have been uploading.
Bye for now.