Posts Tagged ‘Path’

The Path Plods On

Garden Path

I thought it would take just a couple of days to get the path finished once I had done the initial tricky part of going round the corner… but here we still are and still a long way to go.   I finished off on Sunday with a small section after the corner which turned out to be more tricky than I thought.    I had decided that I would be pulling up the paving slabs and putting the wood down on the concrete under the slabs but this would had meant the path benig a lot higher than the lawn which would then not keep the stones in too well.
Garden Path

I really did not want to try to dig up the concrete underneath as I thought it would be pretty thick and also take ages to get rid of.  As it happens, I had little choice as I made my first hits with the pick axe to break off bits of stuck concrete and accidently went through it.  It turned out not to be thick after all and in fact took just minutes to pull up the whole path.  Two trips to the dump later and it was all cleared.

Garden Path Garden Path

The next tricky part was to make the path slop downwards from the corner to the now lower part by the lawn, plus to dig into the bank in order to move the path over slightly.  All this digging, levelling, slopping, and still going round a slight corner still meant progress was slow.  But now we are round corners, sorted out slops…. all that is needed is to remain going in a straight line with the only obsticle being having to dig into the bank.

Garden Path

Meanwhile, another load of pebbles got delivered and I’ve told our Freecycle friend that we probably have more an enough now.   T&J are sorted some into piles of larger pebbles which we can use for the top layer.  The rest is being washed and then dumped inbetween the gaps.  A long and wet process, I think to get the top layers covers in the large cleaned pebbles may take some time.

We start the path…

Starting the path

With the waste wood off Freecycle we started laying the new wooden path.   Taking up the paving I found an older concrete path underneath but fortunately everything is at the right height to base everyone off that.  I chipped the loose bits off and started cutting and placing the wood in place.    This initial bit goes round a sharp 90 degree corner which needed a bit of planning and with a lot of experimenting all day on different ways to do things I have not gone far but I have made a start.    The bloke with the pebbles (off Freecycle too) turned up with a trailer full of pebbles.  Probably slightly smaller than I wanted but good all the same.  If we need to then we can get some larger pebbles for the top, but we shall see.   They are rather muddy at the moment but nothing rain or child labor will be able to deal with.     The funny part to all this is that the pebbles come from another person’s garden which backs onto the beach, all that seperates the pebbles in their garden and the ones from the beach is a small brick wall.   They dare not dump their pebbles onto the beach, it’s against the law, and so they put them onto Freecycle, I answered, and now they will be in our garden.   Much the same way that in theory I could go over to the beach with a bucket and pinch pebbles from there, but no pebbles go on or off the beach – that’s the law.

The plan tomorrow then is to set the bits of wood I have cut to size into some dry cement and sand, probably mixed with small broken up bits of concrete that I have dug up too.   Water them and wait for them to set.  After that we can start to put the pebbles inbetween and so help judge how many more we might need.   I may possibly get round to laying the rest of the path, we shall see how it goes.

Free wood leads to new project

wooden path

I plan to make a start on this over the weekend. The other week we managed to pick up some free wood off freecycle for burning on the fire. When the bloke stopped by to drop it off it turned out to be a whole transit van full of thick good quality wood that would take months for us to get through on the fire.

One the the things i have wanted to do in the back garden for a while is to get rid of the boring and strict path that goes up to the similar paved patio area. The idea here has been to replace the straight line with something more wriggly and organic, at the same time moving the path nearer to the fence and so giving us a bit more grass and sorting out the small script between the path and the fence which really is a bit of a waste. It was originally put to grass for the rabbit to have a large run along the side, but the day after doing this the rabbit escaped and got eaten by a fox. Apart from the obvious sadness of finding bits of rabbit all over the garden, it was a bit annoying to have spent all that time sorting out a home for the rabbit. To add some history to this, for the last 12 months the rabbit had been free range within the garden and so it was just bad luck fir the rabbit that the one time he needed to be safe from foxes he managed to get himself into a bit of trouble.

That explains why we have a bit if unused grassy bit of garden which is too narrow for anything and a bit of a mess as it is too small to mow too.

The plan then is to dig up the paving slabs and anything underneath and then cut the wood to size to make an even width wiggly path. In between the wood will be pebbles which gives a further organic feel to it and is quite fitting seeing as we are right next to. A pebbled beach.

I did have plans to sneak over to the beach in the middle of the night and get the pebbles that way. I dismissed this when I thought just how many trips I would have to make to the beach and how heavy pebbles are, and that it is not really legal to remove so many from the beach. Then, as if by magic, along came an email from free cycle from a person getting rid of pebbles from their garden! An exchange of emails took place and it turned out that this bloke had a garden full of pebbles and was replacing it with grass and would have trailer loads of them. So free wood and free pebbles. The email exchange then went cold and so I’m hoping it is still on and that by the end of the week I will be the owner of a big pile of pebbles.