A Good Week’s Work

wall.7Conveniently the rain held off yesterday till the day’s mortaring was dry and the Wall Project was complete – just leaving the tidying up to make a start on today. When you see the amount of mortar scraped up off the ground afterwards it makes you realise just how much of the 20 bags of mortar mix was ‘wasted’:

CIMG2054I mortared from the woodland edge border side, so the excess mortar here was dropping onto the bark path which wasn’t too much of an issue, but I was a little concerned about the plants on the other side, in the blue & white borders – but not so concerned that I felt it necessary to over them up from the start, instead just putting down some empty mortar bags part way through to collect the worst of it.

mortar.atttackMy first priority today was to clear the mortar from around the linum, delphinium , phlox and cosmos on the left, the trachelospermum in the middle, and another phlox, an echinops and some tradescantia on the right – they seem to have survived relatively untroubled, and as the wall is a few inches further back from the original fence line they will have the benefit of extra soil to give them a boost, using the soil I removed for the foundations. This will also mean a narrow strip of soil either side of the trachelospermum at the base of the wall, so I need a creeping blue or white something or other to romp away here – campanula, maybe, or creeping phlox? – and I will continue to ponder over whether to move the bench back against the wall.

I have to confess to being mightily pleased with the end product – and using recycled bricks makes it immediately look as if it has always been there. For anyone interested in the mathematics, the materials cost about £370 in total, not counting the Golfer’s over-estimate of the number of bricks required (I now need a small project, that uses about 100 bricks…) and it took me around 20 hours to build with another couple of hours for the foundations. A good week’s work indeed.

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19 Responses to A Good Week’s Work

  1. Pauline says:

    A good weeks work indeed, now you can put your feet up -no?! You certainly should be pleased with yourself and your project, but do have a rest before you think of something to make from your extra 100 bricks!

  2. Keep those photos coming, they are so encouraging. They are a real inspiration for my end-of-summer projects.

  3. Looks fantastic. Pleased the rain managed to hold off. 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sophie – yes, it was a good timing as there was no rain all week until that evening. The warmth made mixing the mortar harder though as I kept having to add more water 😉

  4. The wall looks great. You are justified in feeling pleased.

  5. It is indeed a good weeks work, and the end result is very, very nice.

  6. Tim says:

    Very nice work. The reclaimed bricks were an excellent choice of course. Now — about the leftover 100 bricks… Have you considered building a …….
    No, seriously, have a wee rest (you can start the next project on Monday).

  7. Anna says:

    Oh job well done Cathy! Will have to show this post to himself who enjoys all things brick related. Now give your hard working hands a breather for a few days before you start on your next project. Wonder what it will be 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna, but a new project can wait now as I have general maintenance stuff to do! The good thing about creating with brick is that relatively quickly you can have something that makes a big impact

  8. Annette says:

    Bravo, Cathy, and congrats! It’s a fabulous wall and you must be very proud…and satisfied. 🙂 I have a creeping Campanula at the foot of our wall where it gets hardly any water but flowers for weeks.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, both of those, Annette – thanks. I was hoping our local garden centre would have some appropriate campanulas in their multi discount bank holiday sale, but no.

  9. Sally says:

    I’m so impressed that you did this yourself! It is such a lovely spot……a haven.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sally – and it certainly does change the whole appearance of this spot and I think I knew all along that I really wanted a wall here. The end result justifies that decision 😉

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