Another productive afternoon saw the Golfer and I working together in the garden, ostensibly clearing the area at the back of the shed which had become a dumping ground for waste greenhouse bits and the old framework of the fruit cage which is currently being overhauled. Soon distracted by the area shown above, a bed of heucheras around a young Acer griseum, I realised that a simple edging at the front face would enable the soil to be built up and retained, instead of allowing water to wash soil down the slight slope and onto the path – the heucheras might be happier too as currently the soil dries out quickly. Keen to recycle wherever possible, I was chuffed to be able to use a stack of cut tiles, offsets from recent roofing repairs, and an edging was soon in place and soil topped up with ‘spare’ from the greenhouse upheavals.
That quick ‘tarting-up’ was soon followed by replacing the step in the middle of the picture with the smaller slab shown, relieved from the paved area behind the house where the small sink has been inset. Striking while the iron was hot, half bags of slate chippings and gravel were used to fill in gaps between paving and walls, small but outstanding jobs. You will be pleased to know that a cup of tea was then made and taken to the bench behind the shed, now clear of all detritus, and the Golfer and I both sat and talked and looked at the garden together – a rare occurrence indeed. The sitting and talking and looking did generate other little jobs, including emptying the water butt to enable it to be moved next to the new greenhouse and replaced with the bigger one there was no longer space for, but we did enjoy just sitting for a time first!