|Moving the old rockery stones|
With Wichenford Open Gardens Weekend at the end of June 2009; we chose May 2009 to commence a giant water feature project! To dig up the overgrown rockery, dig out a deep culvert and use the rockery rocks to line it and then pump water round allowing it to fall into the rock culvert via a piece or rusty down pipe and then drain out and underground and back into the pond. It really was a massive undertaking. We had to lift the turf, remove all the rocks, dig the culvert.......but......whilst we had a digger......why not put in steps?.....and then..why not level a base and have a summerhouse for Al??? The project became bigger and bigger as time became less and less. We rescued all the newts we found beneath the rocks and carefully found new safe homes for them.
|Chris takes a break in the searing heat|
|Building my retaining wall|
|The finished culvert|
|Al's summerhouse (& my wobbly wall - before it fell down!)|
Last summer (2010) my lovingly built (but rushed) stone wall started to fall down. I figure it's one of those many skills that always looks easy when being done by the skilled person! Rather than spend hours/days having another go, we enlisted Chris Genever. In a day and a half he took the whole thing to pieces and rebuilt it. What great improvement? He used a brick hammer to re-shape individual pieces of stone - something I had never thought of doing. So much for just theory! We also levelled and painted the summerhouse. Well done Chris! Let's hope the chickens don't dig up the lavenders!
|The summerhouse in 2013 after its new coat of paint.|
|Lavender wall 2012|