|Staffordshire blue pavers and cobbles
|'Raking out the joints'
Working in gale force winds, Chris built the first brick pier (and I was allowed to rake out the joints!) This really highlights each individual brick. The idea is to enclose a new Herb Garden and, although we both came up with a design; Chris's was by far the best! I didn't dare suggest anything so ambitious. The idea is to use and incorporate all the materials we have on the premises - which includes an oak water butt (overlooked by me) a cast iron Victorian manger with hay rack and reclaimed sets/bricks/path edgers and still retain a rustic appearance. He and Al have already filled one large skip and another smaller one was delivered today.
|Chris capping the pier
Whilst doing some quite major repairs to internal plastering, not only has Chris found more hidden oak beams but, also the remains of an original bread oven. This means that outdoor work has come to a temporary halt!
Hopefully a herb garden will prove more practical and useful than a rain garden - to which thought was given. It will mean moving around much topsoil and hopefully providing good drainage as well as shelter.
|The beginnings of Al's new store with verandah