Seascape: the Blue Gravel and Shell Project

CIMG1907So, the blue-gravel-and-shell project is completed, in the form of a seascape mural on the back wall of the shed extension – see under The Garden tab for more pictures and details of its construction. I am quite pleased with the end result but there is a downside – there is still a lot of blue gravel left!

liner.exposedReady for a new project, I am deliberating which to start next. I may not have mention the s***** word in the last few days but unfortunately that does not mean I have been ignoring the issue. The liner has now been exposed on the ‘lower’ side in all areas that have not been exposed since the first construction and again the water level is being monitored. The ‘upper’ side is where the bigger rocks and all the established ferns are so I am reluctant to disturb that bank, although there are those that think dismantling it all and starting again would be the better option. Certainly that would give the advantage of greater knowledge and experience.

CIMG1914We shall see. The lure of a new project is of course greater, and plans for the fence at the rear of the clematis colonnade would be quickly and cheaply put into effect (think colour, think abstract…) CIMG1915so that will undoubtedly be next – just need to order my raw materials before it can be started. However, having not done any bricklaying for a month or two the continued presence of the brushwood screen between the blue & white border and the woodland edge border when there could be a wall there instead is beginning to give me itchy fingers….

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10 Responses to Seascape: the Blue Gravel and Shell Project

  1. Pauline says:

    What a fantastic mural, how long did that take to make? I tried to click onto the link to get a closer look but was told that the page couldn’t be found unfortunately.
    Really hope you can solve your stream problem without having to take it all apart again. You have certainly not run out of ideas for your garden, it is a real extension of you!

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Pauline – the link should be sorted now, so thanks for letting me know and for the positive comments about the mural. Itl didn’t actually take that long to do once I started it – perhaps a couple of hours for painting the background and 3 or 4 for applying the gravel and shells? Not as long as I anticipated anyway. I should really leave the wall until a bit later in the year (but probably won’t) and if I decide to completely overhaul the stream that can wait till the autumn too. Yes, the ideas keep coming – but upcycling things is particularly satisfying.

  2. Anna says:

    What fine mural Cathy. I’ve just peeked at the close up views and you’ve really captured the movement of waves. Wonder what your next project will be πŸ™‚

  3. TIm says:

    That certainly adds a touch of interest to your otherwise dull garden (only joking)!!! Now what about the bottom half…. How about some shelves for pots or even an “auricula theatre”. I know you’ve nothing else to do…!!!

    • Cathy says:

      Ha ha! Alas Tim, the shed extension/lean-to was built for the purpose of storing the scaffolding so there will be no auricula theatre – but you have still put the thought in my mid of a shelf running across the bottom of the mural to hold… well, I am not sure what yet…. and it would help to partially screen the scaffolding which I have been keeping half an eye open for ideas for. Thank you for that – no thumb twiddling likely in the near future for me (nor you, with all that celandine digging-up to do) πŸ˜‰

  4. Plantaliscious says:

    Goodness, you have so many schemes on the go! Nice bit of upcycling on the mural, that dream catcher needed a different life…

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Janet – the person that bequeathed me the dream catcher hadn’t a clue what to do with it, but then again neither did I when I accepted it!

  5. bridget says:

    Love the mural…great project.

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