Building Fences

I can’t believe it’s December already! The past month has gone by in a flash for two reasons. One, we’ve been exceptionally busy during the first half; and second, the past few weeks I’ve been laid low by a nasty chest infection which is still hanging on. Whilst I won’t dwell on the latter, the busy part was exciting but messy. But heck, it’s what we wanted. I’ve mentioned before our intention to revamp the backyard as Dave wants a larger greenhouse, I want more space on the patio, and the fence between us and our neighbour has over the past few years disintegrated due to the high winds we experience here.

Before the start

So we decided it was time to put plans into action. We wanted a garden contractor who would do the complete works: remove all shrubs and trees, take down a high wall and build new fences and a gate, as well as lay a new larger patio. The first quote we received sounded good, we liked the chap and the very same day we agreed, he left his labourer to help Dave dismantle the old greenhouse, which by the end of that Friday, was gone, never to darken our door or garden again (the greenhouse that is, not the labourer!).

And so it begins

Monday morning and the sun was shining. The contractors arrived early and began knocking down the wall with a mini JCB. This had to come down first so they could get the digger into the garden in order to rip out the trees and shrubs. Job done, they then started lifting the old patio slabs.

Nearly ready for the new patio

The next day, the heavens opened, the garden rapidly becoming a quagmire, but they continued on. Fence erected, remaining slabs lifted but, oh boy, the mud! Undaunted by the weather, slowly things took shape. A major problem was found in laying the new slabs. It was hoped the foundation from the old patio would be solid enough for the new one but not the case, so extra work and hardcore were needed. This delayed progress and by the end of the week the timetable was running over. On the Saturday, there were still finishing jobs needed but Dave agreed to do the work himself; it would give him something to do. A project until the new greenhouse arrived.

Some 200 slabs later

We’re pleased with what had been done. The greenhouse duly delivered,  Dave has spent the past week putting it all together as well as running up and down the stairs looking after me. Good job he’s fit. If he wasn’t before, he certainly is now.

The new area

There’s still lots to do gardening wise, but it’s the wrong time of year to dig the soil, put in plants and repair the lawn. It must all wait until spring. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying myself planning out my new borders, ordering new bulbs and shrubs, but I do miss my birds. Their trees and hiding places have gone and for the time being so have the bird-feeders and birdbath, consigned to other places but in the last few days I’ve noticed they’ve found both and are slowly returning. They’re in for a treat next spring too because I’ve a new birdbath planned as the old one leaks. (My Christmas present from Dave, although I haven’t told him yet! 😉 )

This has all helped keep me going during the past dark days of barking, coughing and wheezing. As we approach the winter solstice and the toughest time of the year for me, I can dream, plan, and organise the garden for next year. Bring it on!

Meanwhile wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and everything you wish for in 2018.

9 responses to “Building Fences

  1. Gosh Kit when you and Dave take on a project it means bring it on! Looking good already so I anticipate that spring and summer photos will be stunning. I do hope you are recovering well now. Happy Christmas to both of you. X

  2. I love the look of the new patio. A lot of work but so worth it. I can’t wait to see it take shape in the spring, your garden is always beautiful. And, planning is an excellent way to get through the short winter days. I’d say you’re in great shape to start what looks like a fun 2018.

  3. Oh, Kit, it already looks so lovely. It’s always brightened my day to see any of your garden pictures, and that was in the old garden. I can hardly wait to see this new one unfold like the petals of a flower. So kick that cough. You’ve got some planting to do! (I do hope you feel better soon!)

  4. Ah, winter, the time for dreaming! Your spring garden will be beautiful!

  5. Well, I always find your garden so inspiring, Kit, so I can hardly wait to see what you create with your lovely new space. And so pleased to hear the birds are slowly returning as I know how much pleasure you get from watching their antics. Hope you’re feeling much better now.

  6. Green house in your backyard! this is really wonderful, so what you grow there? its nice that you found a great contractor, who seemed to be on a same page with you always, a rare feat to accomplish and ultimately a great job!

    • The greenhouse is used to grow tomatoes and cucumbers in summer and for bringing on all our seeds and bedding plants in spring. Also nice to sit in out of the wind!

  7. It looks lovely. What a nice feature to have for your home. Good luck with the Christmas gift hints! Can’t wait to see the birdbath! 🙂 Jillian

  8. First, my apologies for not responding sooner to all your lovely comments, but thank you. Thanks to the lovely wet weather here nothing further has been done in the garden but will certainly keep you posted as the backyard resurrection progresses. 🙂

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