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So for years the missus has insisted we need a better outdoor space. This weekend Ive finally relented and agreed to get it redone and a mates doing us a grand design. We removed a big tree a few

A friend of mine was chatting to a couple of girls who during the conversations said they were vegetarian. He said he worked with animals and when they asked his job he told them, "A butcher". He went

This covid isolation period has resulted in a heap of jobs done round the house, loads of stuff work related completely avoided and plenty of alcohol drunk. Yesterday I started having a bit of a

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So we have had a brainstorming session and have a draft - but pending wife approval.

the artist impression is this....

 

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looks like bloody centre parcs 😂 let’s see what I can get past the missus. 

I would very much like to sneak in some of their artwork. My mate Ross and his Dad Neil are incredible guys - check out this they did a few years ago 

 

 

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What a waste of wood, you'd be better off using that to to shore up the gable ends in the garage.

Tell Ross and his dad, it's very dangerous putting a low roof above a trampoline.

Is that yellow path made from Cotswold shail? Tell the misses you  need about 20 tonne, then the kids can barrow and spread the 15 tonne left over to make a nice road up to the workshop.  🚜

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Had a day and a half with the digger man and me running the dumper truck round.

drains now relocated, new drain for surface water for the patio area, hot tub area dug, 40 oak sleepers coming Wednesday and 70m2 of sandstone paving enroute. It’s a right feckin mess outside. Oh and the missus still isn’t sure what she wants 🥴C5F601C5-A1BE-44D4-8022-91002298B0F0.jpeg.477444d242e7577be6ea253010bf8399.jpegBDA1C1B8-B168-4508-B3BF-541FA5109B83.jpeg.c843a91a245b18846a094ae0c5e934cd.jpeg
 

we do have some painted lines out there now though - so the path and patio area is defined. Let’s see what some of these sleepers look like stood up in the trench - see if she likes that - we have to somehow bring some cosiness to the garden area

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46 minutes ago, Barrykearley said:

.... see if she likes that - we have to somehow bring some cosiness to the garden area

I read that as cosines in the garden but I'm going off on a tangent.

Good luck with the redesign @Barrykearley, I really like reading and watching this kinda stuff. One day I'll do my own!

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I feel your pain, it’s a gender thing! 

We had our garden redesigned by landscape specialists around 12-15 years ago and a great job they made of it too. However, I’ve now lost count the number of times my wife has changed her mind about the layout and altered it since, with endless replantings, reshapes and rejigs. 

The original landscape design cost a fortune and the endless redesigns are still costing me a fortune. Latest thing is a green oak pergola/pavilion/summer house construction going up shortly. It’ll be a lovely thing, for sure, but will only keep her happy for a short while. 
Trouble is, every time I bravely broach the subject of why can’t you be satisfied with the garden as it is, I get the question about my car buying addiction!🙈

I don’t have a leg to stand on really! 😂

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It’s already pissing me off - a lot @Spinney

Ive now been presented with a million pictures and links of summer houses and different furniture. And a question this morning - is the path to wide ? 

Ffs - all I want is the plan - stop chopping and changing and let me get the f££k on with it.

when this is all done - I’m buying another car.

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We do have some progress - much indecision from her indoors - but we do have a section almost finishedE064CB77-9FE4-4949-8930-7319DBB33CE3.thumb.jpeg.72394c197eb0f0a8def08c90edaf08e3.jpeg

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Last cuts done today and the aico drains fitted in front of the biomass room. 
 

24 sleepers now stood up - bolted together and concreted in place

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Where's da bloody pictures man? No piccies it didnae happen....

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Glad they weren't up a couple of days ago as I might have walked into them :)

Is he full of mice ?

 

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Muffin would have absolutely no chance of catching any mice @ChrisJ - there’s some nice special all you can eat black buffet boxes down for the mouse. I was stunned at just how blatant he was running around the garage.

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All shuttering removed and chucked on the fire before work this morning. Picked up a load of 20mm slate chippings  and have filled in the edges all round the house and patio.
Some additional outside furniture arrived yesterday and that’s all set up awaiting the decking. 
Just awaiting another couple of loads of topsoil from Toddy and at least it’s looking a wee bit tidier.

just need to missus to sort the hot tub now.

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On 02/09/2020 at 07:44, Barrykearley said:

Some concrete yesterday - body aches this morning ED2DDDD0-4F56-412F-9617-965E27FEEBB5.jpeg.f0a8093efb7aafbcd93034f110df8b6e.jpeg

Looks great!

About 8 years ago I used some of that new railway sleeper sized wood to construct a retaining wall in my garden (as I cant lay bricks :-) ). I used heavy duty plastic sheeting on inside to protect from the soil. It was said to be pressure treated to protect it but already its rotten though. I treated every year with the crap new creosote you get so was very disappointed with the way it lasted. Might be an idea for you to cap the top of those posts with something maybe even some kind of gloss just to give you a bit longer lifespan? I can imagine that isnt a job you are going to want to redo in a hurry! 

 

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You could well be correct @Buddsy - however you’d not believe the effort involved in getting a decision from her indoors. It’s oak - so hopefully it’ll last 5 years. Once it’s knackered - I’ll have an outline to follow and a block wall will go up 😂

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I had the same @Buddsy, the problem is they are "soft" wood sleepers and no matter how much they have been treated, and you retreat them, they rot from the inside out. Total disaster and waste of money.

If OAK then I think you'll fair much better @Barrykearley to be honest. Up here in Scotland anything "wood" outside just gets beaten by the weather. I'm looking to replace my wooden decking with composite as a result as I'm getting fed up treating it every year! And if I don't treat it every year then it deteriorates really quickly.

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When I made a raised bed, I went for used, Australian Jarrah sleepers:

https://www.railwaysleepers.com/railway-sleepers/used-railway-sleepers/used-g1-2-jarrah-tropical-hardwood-railway-sleepers

Not only is Jarrah a very hard wood to start with but these have also been baked out in the Aussie sun for 50+ years. Hard is an understatement. We struggled to cut these with a chainsaw. I’m pretty sure that the raised bed is going to outlast the building that they are next to. 

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