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Benching time

5 Apr

Phase two of the pergola build is to get the three walls built level and upright, easy if your a builder but I am not in fact I have never
laid a brick before. Still I have watched DIY SOS and they make it look easy what could go wrong.


With the first row in I realised I could not lay them with sharp sand as they would not move around. I put a fillet all around the bottom to set them well on the foundation, I had all the muck knocked up so had to use it. So back to wicks to get some soft sand and another 20 blocks, I need 18 so have two spare! The pictures don’t quite show that the levels are all over the place.

Two more rows up now and the levels evened up, now to get the first timber in. The right hand side is the back and going to be my pot store with a larger shelf at the bottom and a small one higher up. I decided to let the two timbers come through the wall so I have a large shelf to put something on.

This row had to have the blocks cut to go around the timber, doubling the time for this row.


Nice simple row of three blocks to finish off the day.
Only had half a day on day two as had to do some of the day job. So I spent two hours cutting and chipping away at the blocks to fit in the second pot shelf this time it was not to pass through but stop within the wall.


I also was getting a bit to high so decided to take a third off one block to keep it down a bit. This is where I broke my first block.

Hooray all blocks up and level (ish) to make use of the time I decided to paint what was dry from the previous day.

Home straight now so this morning it was back out and paint the rest

With it all painted it hides my laying skills or lack of them, last job is to get the timber on.





A good sense of achievement getting all the timber on, just one thing missing trees. Just at this point my Steph came up to see me and decided the low bit was hers so off she went to get her two trees and claimed it.

Bet you would like to know what it looks like with trees on, so would I as other things got on the way. O well bring on tomorrow and let’s fill it up.

Pergola finished.

3 Apr

Finally got the pergola finished and the apex section sorted the maker told me it was 10ft when it was a smidgen over 6ft. I can now turn my attention to the staging. With the foundations for the 3 walls set I had a mock up to see what would work for me. The timber bits are where I want to insert shelves in the back to store unused pots.







Garden project

26 Mar

After a good push in the autumn the winter rains have really held up work on the garden, I was also left with a gap to fill or expand and pop in another panel. So out with a huge privet and a couple of elm (one is in a pot).
Grabbing an hour here and there I have got the posts in for the gazebo.









With all six posts up now, it have turned my attention to the foundations for the benching due to the fact I have lost the apex section.
Another small step in the right direction.

Fence done

28 Oct



Looking up the garden the gate has its posts ready for canopy.



Looking back.



This area is now going to be cleared to put up the pagoda.




This little apple tree was in my old bonsai garden but now in the English side. I will still trim it as I have done the last 12 years. 

Project gateway

16 Oct



This is the sort of gate I have in mind to build.  I want to gather all the materials ready to build in one go. Getting  cedar shingles is not easy, and involves finding time to get to a timber yard in Canterbury.

Fence is underway.

10 Oct

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I am starting to get the fence sorted to divide off the garden. It looks a bit ranch style at the moment buy it will come together in a few days. Start of the gate is in with the long uprights to put on canopy.


Where it all starts.

28 Sep

We will start going back a few months to the beginning of the year. This picture was taken from the top of the scaffold during your extension works.

The idea is to take out the hedge across the garden and replacing with a fence a little further up. Mains water has to be taken up, along with a hundred other jobs.Image

So first job is going to be to replace sleepers and relay the patio. Ever feel its one foot forward and one back.

Blue cabin at the end is my office, you can just see a few of my trees sticking up.

thats all for now.