Shall we go down to the river today?

Having demolished the chalet, we were all looking for something more constructive to do. As four pairs of hands are so much more effective than two, we returned to constructing the garden stairs. You may recall, we had installed four steps at the base of the metal stairs to try out our construction plan…

…so we split into two teams – one constructing the step, the other fitting it – and got to work.

We worked on these on Thursday morning and again Saturday morning, and by lunchtime yesterday, we had added quite a few steps…

…and when they are finished, we will landscape both sides. Yesterday, I insisted that the larch you can see below had to go, as I have an alternative tree that needs to go here.

The larch has gone, and the remaining fir will probably be decorating our hallway this December, which will clear a space for the mini-garden I wish to install over the next few weeks, ideally after this dry spell has broken.

We are hoping that once we have had a little bit of rain, these steps will weather slightly and with plants either side, plus a handrail for support, they will soon look like they have been in place for a long time. And they will certainly make it easier for me to work on these gardens as we try to make them a pleasure to visit.

This morning we added the final steps to the flight…

…and then took this snap to prove that we don’t make Yvonne and Julie working absolutely all the time they are with us.

We then all back-filled the steps with slate waste (from the heap on the left of the photograph)…

…after which I fitted some weedproof fabric and a top dressing of crushed slate…

… which we will finish completely after we have had some rain. We want to allow some rain to flow through them first so that we will finish them after any early settling.

Clearly, we also have to move the remains of the slate waste heap…

…and put in the planting once we have added hand rail(s)…

…but then we will finally be able to get from one level to the other more readily.

And to think we still have work scheduled for tomorrow…

2 thoughts on “Shall we go down to the river today?

  1. Amazing what more can be achieved with a couple of willing volunteers, you must all be chuffed with this result too

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