House & Garden

Monday, April 24, 2006

The decking is ongoing

Took a days holiday today, it had two benefits. First, with all the bank holidays lately it means that I will have four four day weeks by the end of the first week in May (which is nice!). Secondly it gave me an extra day to work on the decking, which is a very good thing since by the end of Sunday I had just one plank added to the frame.

So, where did the rest of the weekend go? Levelling. Damn levelling of the frame. It takes a while but it's worth it in the end. That and a bit more work on A's little garden project (which is nearly complete).

Today was spent on my hands and knees, about 8 hours of it in fact. Unfortunately it's not over yet either, as A has not been well recently, it meant that I was going solo.

Anyway, a couple of pictures to give an idea of where things are. It's somewhat sobering to think that once this section is complete, it's less than half the total area of planned decking! But at least once this section is finished, we can get the table and chairs on there and enjoy it.


Sunday, April 23, 2006

Got wood?

We sure do!

We have decking planks for the top of the deck; a bunch of 6x2 for building deck frames; the deck frame being worked on; big, big chunks of untreated hardwood for an as-yet undisclosed use; smaller chunks of 'pre-aged' untreated hardwood (i.e. ex-display from the garden centre.)

The latter has now been used to build a raised bed for me to grow vegetables in. It's already proven itself in that Kita no longer runs over that patch of ground!

I love it:

The back is made of treated offcuts of 6x2 from building the deck; it will prevent the earth that's going to be put in there from rotting the fence.

That's gonna need a lot of earth, though:

Monday, April 17, 2006

Work in the garden

We haven't really blogged much on the changes inside the house lately (oops, sorry) which involves painting, lots of painting. Maybe we'll come back to that with some pictures but I wanted to get a bit of info about the changes we're making outside up first.

With the long Easter weekend coming up we were trying to decide what we wanted to do. Some umming and ah'ing later we strangely decided to get the decking underway. With only a week to go we realised we hadn't put much thought into this!

Some trips to a local supplier got some wood delivered Thursday, for the frame. Along the way I also picked up various screws that were likely to be required.

Now let's cut a long story short and just say, cutting, wood treating and screwing ensued until we ended up with this on the Monday evening.


Have to say, it's been fun if not a little testing on my back and shoulders. Never having built a deck before I'm pleasantly surprised at how things are going so far. Ok, so this is only the frame but with the decking wood arriving next Friday I'm hoping things go just as well.

Of course there's something else being built out back atm, but I'll let A tell you about that one.

Friday, April 14, 2006

First barbecue!

Contrary to all expectations and experience with the British weather on bank holidays, we've had a truly glorious Good Friday. Besides a short shower this morning, it's been blue, sunny and summery; and we had our first barbecue - both of the year and in this house - this evening!

It was a bit of an impromptu affair; I suggested it because J was going to Tesco anyway, and I thought he might be able to pick up a cheap barbecue. It turned out that he could pick up charcoal, meat, salad and cheese - but no barbecue.

So he improvised:


We had halloumi kebabs, chipolatas and mustard marinated escalopes of veal (don't shoot me - no crates involved! It will never be my favourite meat, though). Cooked halloumi, particularly barbecued, is one of the favoured foods of the Gods. Raw, it just squeaks.

Mmmmm!

And Kita learned to eat sausages off a fork:

Bless.