Sunday, 23 April 2017


Well since last Sunday was Easter day, we saved our catch up post to this Sunday.

Last Easter weekend we decided would be an ideal time to sort out the front step, as the postman or any delivery drivers would not be turning up over Sunday and Monday , so would give the concrete base time to dry out before someone stood on it!.

After our usual discussion of should it just be big enough for the front door or wider to cover both front door and side panel, we decided on making it wide enough to cover door and side panel, so Paul made up a frame to put the concrete in to form the base for the step.

And by Monday morning it had set.

We had been out on the Saturday and bought the concrete makings and also looked at paving! Well would would have thought a few paving slabs would cause such debate ! We landed up going to three places and did come away with some paving we loved.
ONLY it was sandstone, which means it comes in it's natural coloursway and was hard to decide , after falling for one particular piece of the paving due to the markings on it, to find another two pieces to complement that first piece.

Plus it was a totally different colour to what we went out for.

This was the slab we fell for with the markings.

It's almost as if someone's painted these details on it.

We found this piece to go with it and another which is not as good a match but when we got it home we decided it was too light and did not sit well with the front door and house.

So it was back out to search for another paving.

This time we kept to our original colour choice of dark grey.

This is Rectory paving the same as we have in front of the workshop in the back garden.

So first job Saturday was to finish off the step by laying the paving on top, we also decided to take the paving across the front but lower to tie it all in. Here you see Archie, my eldest daughters dog , and Hamish our's, inspecting the work. Hamish on the left looks like he's doing his impression of a Highland cow! Time for a trim!

"Excuse me boys could you go back in and shut the door please ! Thank you.

Makes it much easier now to step up into the house.

Paul decided to move a couple of our Hosta's in their pots round to the front as after the early morning sun this area will be shaded by the house, so a good place for them shade loving plants..
Those two pots have now become three ( after garden centre visit Sunday ) ! but camera battery on charge so no up to date photo I'm afraid

So another little job done, now if I could just find that plaque !

Today Sunday after a chilly start as warmed up very well, so Paul decided he needed to go and get a bag of compose so he could pot on some plants.... I went too........ So we came back with these

Fatal! if we go together and the sun's shining we just cannot resist the plants on offer ! We remember that we need a plant for this pot or that place ! We also bought some Cherry Tomato plants for the greenhouse and also some sweet pepper plants! Then of course there was large plant that looked nice and would be good to fill a space.. if we can find one!!
But we did get the plants to fill the hanging baskets in the greenhouse ready to grow on until they can come out in May when there is  less  chance of a frost!

I've told him we are now banned..... well at least for this month ;)

Have a great week ahead.


The Dragon Sighs .. deeply....

"FORWARD! " yells (st) George at the top of his baby lungs
Drago sighs he really must remember to take a holiday around the 23rd April next year!
Dragon starts to move... well at least he's not trying to stab me!


No Dragons were hurt during the making of this post only inconvenienced and worn out!

Happy St Georges Day