Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Before, during, after...

Our patio runs along the whole back wall of the bungalow. There is about a 4" gap between the first lot of slabs and said wall. We currently have it lined with gravel from the driveway:
It always looks a mess as the birds are constantly searching for things in it. Also, the rest of the non-growing area of the back garden has red gravel on it, so they constantly get mixed up and it drives us both mad.

We took the decision to change it. DB cleared out the gravel and soil down to about 2", cut up some old compost bags into strips, pushed them well down front and back before temporarily holding them in place with a few stones:
Until I was free to lay some North Sea cobbles on top of it:
So far it has taken 4 bags of pebbles at £7 a bag (special offer). We think another 2 or 3 bags should finish the job.

It just looks so much better and now, we will only have to sweep the red gravel from the patio back to where it belongs. Much easier!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Kitchen Cornice

All the cupboard doors are now up and as straight and level as we can get them. The sink unit has proved a nightmare as we think it has, over the years, flexed out of shape!

Now onto the cornice/pelmet. Here are a few cupboards waiting to be done:
And the first two finished, at the bottom anyway:
Had to use the flash on the one above as the kitchen was getting a little dark. We had to go and buy two more lengths for the tops.

It is proving a longer task than first thought, but slowly we are winning - well DB is, as he is the one doing most of the work!

Friday, 17 March 2017

Shopping and other things ...

We have done our weekly shop and returned home by 09.20am. Lidl first where I spent just under £15, then onto Morrison's for another £11. Forgot potatoes so called in as Asda on the way home £1.25. Whilst there, we were given a free packet of dried mango to try. I like free things. We are eating a little more from the freezer and cupboards for this last week of our monthly shop, as the food budget was a little low. Yet last month, I had £20 leftover!

I shall make some bacon, potato and vegetable soup for lunch today and tomorrow. We will probably have soup in some form for lunches every day for the rest of the week.

The tomatoes I sowed a few days ago have now sprouted, just waiting for the peppers which I think take a little longer. No sign of the outdoor vegetables yet, still a little chilly I think.

Keeping our fingers crossed that Jamie and Bruno play well tonight to get into the Indian Wells final.

I am still crocheting more squares to make a winter blanket for DB for later this year. Still need to do another 30 or so, then I have to edge them, then join together etc. Still, it should keep me entertained for a few months.

Have a lovely weekend folks.