RTL’s gone – the landscaping is finished!

[This post was drafted yesterday]

I’m pretty exhausted folks – so am going to let the photos do the talking!

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‘Carpet’ down, nearly there!

Looking marvellous 🙂
Just a few bits to go now: archway to attach to pergola posts, a bit more gravel around the cabin, some decorative stone in the smaller circle, cabin guttering, lights… and then with that other thing – PLANTING – we are good to go!

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Trellis started, shingle down tomorrow.

Well, we are going over on the timescale, but every day something new comes together.

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Today the weed suppressant matting went down (black stuff in the photo) and part of the trellis that will screen the washing line and utility area from view in the garden was up.

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We also seem to have just about nailed where the curve of the brick path will go to at the cabin end. We’ve literally been playing with the lines of the bricks for days to try and get something that visually makes sense and has it’s own kind of logic for the direction of the end of the path. You’d be surprised how much difference a few inches this way or that looks – I.e. when the outside lines of the path did not go either side of doors by a similar number of inches on either side, it didn’t make sense. But I think we’ve got it now (sorry you can’t see it in the pix above, where the are rags on the floor it is because they are protecting the cement footings that have gone down. It will all become apparent tomorrow). So with thanks to my dad, who supplied another 80 reclaimed bricks from his brick collection (true!) we are ready to roll with the next step.

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Elsewhere in the garden, the fencing along the side return is now up. Will have a nice time picking climbers to grow up to the trellis there one day – perhaps roses to look out of the kitchen windows at. It’ll all look so different once the shingle is down…

Also, my other half made an interesting suggestion – how about we put a tree to the left (if you are looking at it from outside) of the cabin? It would add necessary height to that side of the garden. We don’t really need another patio there after all as we already have an ample one before the lawn.
So, clearly the next logical step for me to take was to order a romantic semi circle tree bench or ‘kissing seat’ to go around whatever tree we plant in the circle. It cost £80… but anyway: Yay Ebay! 🙂

http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/330894351205
Half circle tree seat

Hey, it’s ya birthday!

… I’m gonna party like its your birthday…

Just been doing that dance briefly in the cabin! Then just stopped to put my feet up and write this quickly before dashing off to rehearse for SuBo.

The day hasn’t been without drama: the cabin arrived earlier than expected which got me outta bed and next up we realise that they had sent  single glazing instead of double glazing and a few of the beams of wood were twisted. I soon gave up any hope of working from home whilst just observing and booked annual leave. Since then i have been in my scruffs, alternately lifting and shifting to help RTL, and ringing the cabin company to complain!  It worked though and although at one stage it looked as though we would not get the cabin done we have succeeded in getting the walls and the main roof frame up. I am hoping it doesn’t chuck with rain tonight wish us luck!

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It’s getting there! Sorry about rags in last pic, didn’t get a chance to take photo before we started having to cover the wood up from spitting rain.

In other news: the table and chairs have arrived. Delivery guy was great and will dig out his details to share and recommend to everyone. Also, we built the bike shed (while calming down from first telephone call with cabin company – where they refused to discuss before I wrote down what I was saying in an email!!)