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fran m's Journal

fran m's Journal

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Good Days Work

16 September 2009 21:28:43
I was on a half day today along with my sixteen year old son, who I had informed I would need a hand to move two tons of gravel for the side area. When he had done about 7 or 8 barrow loads, out came the question '' how much are we doing today''. His face was a picture when told ''all of it'' Despite the moans we got it in and leveled. This area is  where the clothes line is, but it is amazing how an area can be improved with a little ( or a lot if you are sixteen ) gravel, some slabs, wood for a raised bed, and some pots. I will post some photos at the weekend when final tidy is done. Then it is on to the next area, I intend to take some photos now  just to show how a wild jungle area can be claimed back. This will take a lot of time but I have really got the bug to get control of the garden once again.  A lot of this drive has come from garden.ie, from your journals, photos, and comments, so thank you for extending you enegry through your pages etc.

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Monkells Monkells 16 September 2009 22:01:20

Sounds like hard work but I bet you feel great now. (wont  same the same for 16year old son if he is anything like my 15 year old son)


Clara Clara 17 September 2009 06:54:08

What work and your son to it is great to see young people taking part

I was reading in a gardening mag whare a 16 year old  lad is looking for sponsorship  to go to Chelsea  he wll the youngest designer  hope he gets it as it is 100 k a lot for him but a great start if he gets in .

 


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 17 September 2009 14:07:20

Isnt it sucha buzz when you are in the middle of it, getting it all done :O) Hope the weather keeps up for you.


Myrtle Myrtle 17 September 2009 14:29:31

It is great how we all encourage each other to do just a bit more than we may have done otherwise! Keep up the good work!


Rachel Rachel 17 September 2009 16:55:44

I thought your 16 yr old was going to ask how much will I get paid for doing this : )


fran m fran m 17 September 2009 19:20:10

Rachel, I'm not out of the woods yet, the fact that he did not was a shock, but i'm waiting for it, he's going into town on Saturday. so we will see.


MichaelC MichaelC 17 September 2009 21:17:50

Wait for Saturday..... payback time! What you are doing sound great. I notice from your photos that your back garden follows a similar theme to my own. Congratulations on getting into the featured mambers section. 


fran m fran m 17 September 2009 22:11:54

Thanks Michael, I will get there in the end. A long way to reach your finished gem. I love the blue fountain, and lower patio area.


MichaelC MichaelC 17 September 2009 22:45:01

I think you are well on the way Fran. The lower patio area is only six years old and a real suntrap and very private. I have tried to give it a Mediderranean atmosphere. Thanks for the compliment.


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