Home Improvements: Gutters

All the old gutters are gone. No more drips, no more sagging pipes. Just in time, too, because it’s been raining off and on all weekend. We had to place a garbage bin under one of the gutters still missing the downspout, and the bin filled to the brim in just 30-minutes. It’s amazing how…

Home Improvement: Garden Renovation

The garden renovation is nearly complete. Thanks heaven for small mercies. The brick retaining wall is finished, the sandstone slabs are set into warm grey grout, new drains were buried below the patio so that we’ll no long have little puddly lakes when it rains, all the pointing is finished on the steps … and…

Home Improvement: Garden Renovation

26 June: The garden is no longer recognisable. The ground is level, the turf is laid, another truckload of topsoil was added, which makes a total of 36 tons so far, Peder stained the back fence a lovely shade of forest green, and now it practically disappears into the lime trees behind the house. Things…

Home Improvement: Garden Renovation

Rain chased off my workmen today, so there was only a half day of bricklaying completed. Things are moving along quickly though, and I reckon that weekends aren’t meant for a full day work anyway. Besides lots of rain has turned the garden into a slop of mud. We’ve had 28 tons of top soil…

Home Improvements: Garden Renovation

30 May: Yes, I’m a bit behind the mark. I’ve been busy. Making coffee. Making tea. Making iced sun-tea. Making mint tea. Making ice cubes in my new fridge. Calming Molly who’s now afraid of the new refrigerator and the noise that the icemaker makes. Have you ever seen a dog barking “warning-warning-alert” at a…

Home Improvements: Where’s the Grass

June 6: Sunny and hot. Well hot for England. We hit 22C today. That’s about the point where we all pant and gasp and beg for water with crushed ice from my new fridge. Molly is still barking at it, too. She doesn’t like the noise of the icemaker. Oh dear. That’s Andy on his…

Home Improvements: Glass and Plugs

The glass splashback wall is installed —  finally, and all the pieces fit precisely. It’s brilliant, and a total breeze to keep clean. I also love the way the garden reflects against the glass and turns it different colours. And I don’t think that I mention one of the things, well a gadget actually, that…

Home Improvement: Garden Plans

Monday, 27 May: Here’s one of the problems with our garden and the position of the greenhouse. The lime trees behind the house have grown significantly over the past +20-years, and the sunlight is blocked until mid-afternoon. There isn’t enough sun reaching the greenhouse for the plants to grow properly. Here are a few photos taken…