Completing the brick edge to the bottom half of the lawn has been on the to do list for a long old time. This year we were determined to get it done.
Whilst we had done the top half of the garden ourselves with the help of some
good friends, the bottom bit was bigger and we couldn't face all that digging
We managed to source the same bricks and rope edging, at a much higher price, as
we'd used the first time, and we decided to get our man in to do all of the hard
work. It was not going to be a cheap project, but we thought it would be worth
it to just finish off the hard landscaping.
The chaps had convinced me we wouldn't need a skip to get rid of all the turf
and soil that would be dug out and, as this would save us about £120, I let
myself be convinced that we could re-distribute the soil around the garden and
take the turf to the local tip.
I should have stuck to my guns.
After digging out a fraction of the footings
for the edging there was no more room for distribution of any more soil. From
doing a ring round it would be at least five days before we could get a skip as
we would have to apply to the council for a permit as it would have to be left
on the road.
Luckily we had a stack of rubble bags in the shed and on day one we managed to
get two sides of the edge dug out and to fill about 25 bags with excess soil and
turf. Actually, when I say 'we' ........ well you know what I mean.
As Martin was working away in London, I lugged them all to the top of the
garden and we did one trip to the tip and got rid of seven.
Boy did I ache.
Day 2 and Martin was back and on a 'rest day' as he'd been working nights over
the weekend. He left London at the crack of dawn and was home for about 9.30 -
What a trooper - I tell you now, there was not much rest for him. He arrived
back to be greeted by a delivery of bricks and slabs that needed moving from the
front to the back of the house and about 35 bags of soil to be taken to the tip.
Well, he should have listened when I said we'd need a skip.
We drafted Dad in and got cracking.
We got in three trips to the tip and all
the bricks, slabs and edging stones from the front to the back.
By the end of
the day the extra slabs we were having laid were down and we were just left with
12 bags of soil which were being recycled to my sister, Sarah's garden, to fill
her new raised bed.
They picked them up later that evening, 12 bags in the back of a Mazda 3, we'd
only risked 7 in the back of the CX5. Hopefully they didn't have to encounter
any speed bumps on the way home.
Day 3 and time to crack on with the actual laying of the brick edging. We were really looking
forward to seeing this go down as this was really what this job was all about.
One thing I hadn't really thought about was dust!!!! Well, I did want mitred
corners, both on the bricks and the rope edge and you can't get those without a
bit of noisy, dusty angle grinding. It didn't take long before my well nurtured
baskets and tubs were all looking a bit of a dull grey colour.
Now I know you
can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs but this did make me feel a
Up to now we hadn't really seen much mess and we'd worked really
tidily, bagging and clearing up as we went along. By the end of Day 3, the garden looked a bit like a war zone! There was going to be some serious hosing down needed to get us back to full
Day 4 and I was hoping we'd be finished today, as we were off for the weekend on Friday and I didn't really want to go away with the job not quite finished. The morning went really well, with the majority of bricks laid and just the final and smallest edge left to go.
I nipped off to B&Q for more ballast and cement whilst 'my man' cracked on with the final bit of digging out to enable the laying of the last strip.
All was going really well, it looked like we would be on for an early finish. There were only a few more bricks left to lay, before a mammoth clearing up session could being. Then the rain came.
Luck was on our side. After sheltering under the trees at the bottom of the garden for about half an hour and putting the World to rights, the rain passed over and we were back in business.
One last push and we were done. Yay!!! Another job off the list.
I think it looks great by the way! Unfortunately I can't say the same about the grass - now we really need some rain!! Crikey, I sound just like my mother!!