The inside of the house is pretty much done now (bar re-painting) so I turned my attention to the outside today. The back garden has been covered in a weed-protecting membrane with an inch of gravel on top. Hardly inviting. A trip to B&Q furnished me with a shovel, a bucket, some rubble bags, a cultivator, a lopper (which I broken within 20 minutes attacking the rosemary bushes) and some gardening gloves. 3 hours of work has cleared probably half of the gravel and unearthed (pun intended) a path that will do nicely to separate the lawn (to be laid/grown) from some beds for veggies and flowers.
Hard work and the ground where the beds will be needs some serious clearing since it is mostly full of rubble, but I’m sure it will be worth it in the end.