Saturday, 30 May 2015


Well the weekend's arrived at last and we could get out into the garden to carry on with the long list of jobs. We both had to be out this morning, Saturday, me at work and Paul coaching , so it was not until afternoon that we could start on the garden jobs.

First off we moved lots of old garden rubbish into the carport, ready to take down to the recycling centre on Sunday, we needed to move it before we started as the last part of the path being laid would stop us from moving heavy things through the gateway.

Before we start I thought I'd show you the Iris's that have flowered in the pond.

It was very sunny when I took these photo's so the yellow is glowing.

This is year is a fabulous display of these flowers.

Before Paul started on laying the last part of the path, he helped me move the covered benches off of their bases, so that I could re stain them.

These benches are ten years old now and have needed re staining for a couple of years, so having found the Lavender stain used for the sides and roof, I set about re staining that part.

You can see they desperately needed to be done. The roof on both are beginning to move , so we have decided to repair that part and then use some of the left over roofing felt , from the workshop roof, to cover them, hoping that it will help them to survive for another ten years!

My plan was to re stain all the Lavender area's and leave the white which had a lovely aged look but the seats were so bad I decided to re stain them too in the end.

But not having any white I went for Sea grass!

And this is what it looked like after one coat . The wood in places was so dry it's sucked in lots of the stain , so will need another coat to even it out. I was not sure about changing the white but I think these two colours work well together.

Being me, I of course stained it the wrong way round, having stained the body first and then the trellis, so will need to touch up the Lavender where I did not cut in as well as I should have. I managed to give this one an all over coat ( not the roof) and the second one had the Lavender finished but I only got as far as the two trellis done then stopped due to the time, after 8 pm and the fact it was getting quite cold!

Well while I worked on the benches Paul had been finishing laying the path..

He did a great job and it looks perfect with a small step down from the larger paving to the last set of four smaller paving stones.

a longer view.

Now it's finally laid!

Looking towards the gate to the flower garden.

So now it just all needs pointing which will have to wait until later next week due to the weather forecast talking about wet weather until Wednesday! Paul's done a great job, especially as he did not want to have to lay the path but had to step in when other plans fell through!

A bonus in laying this wider path is that it appears to be helping Izzy, whose sight is very bad now, know her way back to the house, so it was worth all the hard work just for that alone!.

Well depending on the weather tomorrow, we'll be taking a couple of trips to the recycling centre and planting up several pots and a couple of trough's.
Plus weeding, sweeping sorting out more rubbish to get rid of  and if the weather stays dry , we made be able to felt the covered bench roof.

We seem to be gathering more pots on the patio! Which still needs cleaning and clearing on the other side!!
Idea's for where we can put things, whose places have been taken by others, are taking hold, so a few things to try out as we work.



  1. It's all looking really lovely Dee, all your hard work is certainly proving to have been worth it, isn't it! And as you say, if it's helping little Izzy then even better. I suspect that like a lot of visually impaired humans, she can probably see the difference between light and shadow, so the light path helps a lot, bless her!
    The benches look beautiful too, love the colour combo!
    big hugs xxx

    1. Thanks Sharon, It's finally starting to look like it may all be ready on the day!! I'm so pleased the path's helping Izzy find her way about.
      I'm pleased that the sea grass looks so well with the Lavender, all just's needs another coat and then that's one job less on the list!
      hugs Dee xx

  2. I agree that the Church's local gardens open day certainly seems to have spurred you and Paul to get those jobs done and completed in double quick time
    Whilst I know that it has been a major task with all this hard work but just think of how much you can both sit back and enjoy it over the forecasted hot Summer months!

    The finished path looks great and will be such a great help to Izzy in directing her back safely to the house....although after a few walks along it she will also have her scent to help guide her too.

    I like the covered bench's new colour scheme.
    Good luck today with all the rubbish removal and new plants plantings.

    1. It certain has! Mind you at least this time we only needed to lay the new path, last time we had 50 ft by 20 ft of wild unkempt garden at the very end which we spent five and a half months working on to get ready! So this is really a doodle compared to that!
      And yes we will reap the benefits once it's all over!
      I'm please how the colours have worked together for the covered benches.

  3. Well done Izzy! Not only are you a brave, determined little dog, you've spurred Dee and Paul on to make their already wonderful garden into a spectacular one! Well, I know the parishoners and paul and Dee's love of gardening also had something to do with it, but we'll give all the prise to you, eh, puppy?
    Dee - the benches look wonderful and Paul's path is amazing. The whole garden is beautiful. How big is your garden?
    Don't work too hard today.
    Jenni xx

    1. In truth I did want that path sorted mainly for Izzy, so she'd have a better easier path to follow but the open garden just made us get our act together much quicker!!
      So pleased with how Paul's finished the path, looks so nice.
      The garden is 150 ft long by 30ft wide near the house reducing to 20ft at the very bottom. Which is one of the reasons we bought this house the big garden that was untouched , the front garden's 50ft to the house, so plenty of space for our plants and ideas!!
      If only that were possible ( not working too hard today!) well it won't be too heavy work today at least!
      Dee xx