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Vanishing concrete & a 'Diet Coke' break!


Hi Folks

Well it’s finally been done!

the garden has gone from this

To this…

Two full wagon loads of concrete were removed and two wagon loads of top soil have gone in. The poor men that were doing it thought it would be a quick job – they weren’t expecting to find a broken up old path under everything. Took 3 men 5 hours with a mini digger with a spike thingy (technical term!) on the end of the bucket to break it up. Must say it was a real Diet Coke break moment ;o) I am delighted with the results! It is now time to start creating a proper garden and it’s been well worth the wait!

I now have to resist going to the garden centre and impulse buying and try to plan this properly. The plan so far is to have a gravel oval in the centre with a path going to the bottom of the step by the front door – think tadpole shape :o) Think I’m going to edge this with log roll so if I change my mind I can remove it ;o) I’m going to have a box hedge down the side of the drive. That is a bit of an emotional thing for me as my late Mum had a lovely box hedge down her drive too. It’s part of creating a memory I think.

Here’s to loads of planning and I can’t wait. Feel like a kid at Christmas!

Love to all
Nic x

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I'm very pleased for you and very glad you decided to get the professionals in. It was a massive task and would have taken you ages to do it on your own. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Good luck.

3 Jul, 2010


Well done hamylalo! I'm looking forward to seeing it when you have it planted up. Must say though, I am a bit disappointed, where's the man in the Diet Coke break add?.....;o)

3 Jul, 2010


I didn't dare take a photo of that!

Think I've changed my mind again about something to edge the oval in the middle. Want someting other than log roll, just to create a boundary between the beds and the gravelled area. Maybe cobbles? Not sure. Any imaginative ideas would be greatly appreciated.


3 Jul, 2010


WOW! it looks real good already...look forward to seeing it planted up.

3 Jul, 2010


YEAH looks great, now it just needs filling with veg, get cracking and good luck.

3 Jul, 2010


Well done you as they say if its worth doing its worth doing properly. Keep us posted step by step.

3 Jul, 2010


a blank canvas how exciting, im sure you will have it looking lovely in no time, look forward to seeing it change.

3 Jul, 2010


It's wonderful to see that you can get on with things now :o)) Oh I wonder what you're going to plant. Isn't it exciting lol. I like the idea of a box hedge to remind you of your mam. I do things like that lol.

4 Jul, 2010


Now sat with a huge sheet of graph paper, patiently transferring measurements onto it for my plan. OH thinks I'm a loon - "Just go to the garden centre and buy some stuff", but I know I need to try to plan this out properly. I am determined to have a front garden that I'm proud of as opposed to feeling like I had to say "Excuse the garden, we've not been in the house long" as it was horrific.

Paintjones - the veg is going to go out the back! Got a raised bed out there that once it's had a bit of graft will be fab for veggies next year.

Oh why do I have to work?! Would rather just garden! Tactfully ignoring Mount Everest of ironing too as the garden is far more important!

Have a good day everyone :o)

4 Jul, 2010


Made a flying start today. Dug down to create the oval in the centre and laid weed membrane. Have edged it with cobbles and I'm off for the gravel or chippings tomorrow. I'll put some more pictures on then :o)

4 Jul, 2010

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