An Afternoon On The Tiles…

IMG_1856….. and the slabs, and the gravel, and the chippings, and the timber, and the water butt…

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 IMG_1858gravel 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!




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18 Responses to An Afternoon On The Tiles…

  1. rusty duck says:

    Tarting up. Tarting up..????
    A strategic realignment surely.

  2. Sarah says:

    Very important to sit and admire after a hard afternoons work. You guys get such a lot done in such a short space of time!

    • Cathy says:

      They were all quite little jobs, and incidental except for the clearing rubbish, so it’s great to get them all dealt with in one fell swoop. The sitting is rare – but both of us sitting, and together? Hens teeth come to mind…. 🙂

  3. Kris P says:

    How nice that the Golfer helped! Was it provided voluntarily, or did you have to make a special appeal? My husband is cooperative in responding to specific requests (he did dig out that patch of lawn for my new bed!) but he doesn’t come to any job in the garden without a push.

    • Cathy says:

      The Golfer doesn’t involve himself in plant orientated jobs(he’s not required, anyway!), but no sooner do I mention a bigger practical task then he is anxious to please, although he would have happily ignored the rubbish clearing! We make a good team, Kris, as we are both very practical and turn our hands to most things

  4. My, you both have been busy – very deserving of your well earned cup of tea! I’m hoping for a similar afternoon today, complete with the rest and refreshment. I like what you did to edge your heuchera bed. It made me aware of a similar problem I have, and how to solve it. Thank you! Happy Easter!

  5. Annette says:

    It’s pleasing to do a bit of spring-cleaning especially when it’s the two of you. We’ve been working away as well…Pompeii taking on shape…I’m glad you took the time to enjoy some tea together as well. What will you do with the Acer griseum, Cathy? Will you crown-lift it? Happy Easter to you and the golfer 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      I am looking forward to seeing Pompeii – presumably you are keeping the wraps on till it is done? The acer was unaffected, Annette, as it was at the higher part of the slope anyway. I am getting better at the occasional sitting in the garden, and this week’s sunshine has certainly helped ps I am struggling to leave a comment on your blog tonight – I will try again shortly

  6. Chloris says:

    You certainly got a lot done and deserved your sit down. I have seats all over the garden because I think it is important to simply sit and stare and enjoy.

    • Cathy says:

      Hmm – we have seats all over the garden too (it used to be a standing joke between us about buying bench ends at boot sales), but sitting on them is another matter. I am getting better though, Chloris, honest!

  7. good to hear you actually sat and enjoyed your garden Cathy, work is completed so much quicker when there’s two,
    we have sun today, but it’s the Sabbath on Lewis so I’m not supposed to work! there is so much to do for the first time since I moved here I disobeyed and spent 2 hours this morning working under the trees, figured I was out of sight there, I feel so much better for getting out,
    looking at all your hard surfaces I am reminded I need some, it must make weeding easier and no grass paths to keep cut, but using slabs and sets the rain can still penetrate to the roots of plants, probably keeps the ground under them moister in summer as it won’t dry out so quick a sort of hard mulch, looks nice too, Frances

    • Cathy says:

      I have some bark paths too, which are pretty good at keeping weeds down and just need topping up every 2 or 3 years. Sometimes I have put membrane underneath first

  8. Really?! You actually both sat down for long enough to drink tea?! Colour me impressed – and by your tidying up. I really like the tapestry-liek combinations of materials you use in your paths. Like the edging too. I am currently torn between starting work on the greenhouse path and getting some planting done. Whatever I do outside tomorrow will be in the back garden as it is due to be really windy.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks – we are pleased with the way paths have worked out, and even using paviors for some parts of the path they soon weather and the slabs are concrete ‘stone’ equivalent. All the jobs that day were little ones that had been left cos they weren’t urgent, so it was a good opportunity to blitz them. I wonder what you decided to do today – here it was a better day than forecast

  9. Julie says:

    I am glad to hear of another couple that do not manage to sit together on their garden benches very often (if at all)! Even when we try one or other of us manages to see a job that could just be done & then the tea is cold – you know the story.

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