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Building project 4 – Day 4

The cats have a new obstacle today. Most of the decking has now been laid (including getting around the various pipes and guttering), but there’s still a small section where it’s just weed control over the frame. So far three cats have already investigated and it’s been less than an hour since the landscapers left for the day (none have fallen in yet).

It’s a nice change to be able to step out onto the deck from the back door instead of stepping down onto concrete and then back up again.

Building project 4 – Day 2

Day 2 and excellent progress in the garden. The collapsing trellis has been taken down, the old shed removed, and the footings dug for the raised beds. The measurements have all been done for the decking (including marvelling at the outrageous dip in the pathway from the back door), ready to start decking tomorrow.

Building project 4 – Day 1

Day 1 and an early start. The landscaping team were due on site at 08:30 so obviously I was awake at 07:00. At least it meant I could get the dishwasher loaded before they (and the skip) arrived.

A lot of the clearance has been done: the shed’s been deconstructed; the patio and path dug up; and the majority of the old lawn removed. More clearance and skip-filling tomorrow.


Building project 4 – the big one

It’s been a couple of weeks since building project 3 (the kitchen) was finished, so time for building project 4. This is the big one. Scheduled to last 4 weeks the front and back gardens are being ripped out and everything is being started afresh.

At the front the wall is being knocked down and rebuilt (it’s bulging in a most unflattering way) and the gravel is being replaced with herringbone bricks (with a ramp for the wheelie bin).

The back garden is being decked from the back door out to the end of the current patio, with raised beds being built either side of the lawn. The shed is being replaced (the door of the current one doesn’t close as the walls have collapsed outwards) and a patio in herringbone brick is being built at the back (where all of the sun is). The wooden trellis which is falling apart will be replaced with some custom iron railings.



Massive squash

The rain has finally held off long enough for me to tidy up the veg patch after being away for almost two weeks. I managed to prop up the tomato plants which had collapsed under the weight of fruit, taking their spiral supports with them, and uncovered a massive squash behind the raspberries. Also located three courgettes on their way to being marrows, the other courgette plant is hard to get to with the spreading tomatoes and the squash plant taking over everything. Harvested half a bowl full of raspberries, which I should probably put on a cheesecake but will probably just eat as they are. Tomatoes starting to ripen so shall have to dig out my recipes for oven-drying them for when they all ripen at the same time.

massive squash