A spot of 'extreme' gardening to get things tidied up, April 07.
Messy fence and manky trees at the bottom of the garden.
A day later, no trees, just a pile of ash ;-)
A day after that a new fence was up.
Shuttering in place ready for the level of the garden to be raised at the back of the garage.
Front garden chopped back .
Now onto the heavy stuff, digger & Dumper on hire for a week starting 13/04/2007 !!!
First a bit of a practise in the back garden. Knowing there was machinery in the garden, Neil came over to play :-)
Then onto the real job of digging out the front garden for more parking...
Elaine and the dumper, bring front garden to the back...
The garden roughly levelled to the height of the drive, the next job was to take another 6 or 7 inches out (Oh er!)
Elaine doing the final digging, and posing for the camera ;-)
Pretty flat and mostly the right depth too - hooray for ladies with diggers!
Slap down a bit of membrane to help prevent weeds (and the whole drive sinking), then add 20T of Type1 crushed granite.
It took about a day to get the stone spread, levelled and compacted, but then it was a driveway :-)
Back garden finally levelled with the addition of about 30T of soil, plus a bit of decking at the change in level. There is a cunning plan to hide 1000l of rainwater collection under there at some point...
Finally while we hade the skip, the stupid roofless conservatory (dogatorium) came down making a more useable space...
A few pics of the stoopid brave Robin that became addicted to the sound of the digger in his quest for worms...
Sneaking some water storage under the decking...
Buy a water container, about 1000l should do.
Stick your significant other in a hole (you can help too to prevent serious disputes!)
When the hole is the right size, then lower the tank in by whatever precarious method you can invent.
Remember to check the deck will fit back on!
And when the lid is back on - remember to finish painting it ;-)