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TheH (Hazel)'s Journal

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Things have to get worse before they get better

03 September 2017 15:10:09

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Well, today I'm having a moan so you may want to stop reading now!

I mentioned that my decking outside the house needed replacement and we are in the throes of the project at the moment. Building projects go through lots of phases before the final result is created and that is very true of this one.

When the decking was removed it was very obvious that it was time to do this replacement. Some of the supports were also starting to rot. I have a HelpX Steve working with me on this project and he did a trojan job removing it. It took over a week - partly because it is a big area but also because many of the screws had rusted into the timbers so we now have piles of timbers all round the place waiting for disposal or reuse.

The replacement will be a patio which I hope will be more permanent. So when the decking was removed we called in reinforcements and a digger was employed to dig foundations for the retaining wall for the patio. 

The wall is done and that's what has me in poor humour today! You know how it is, in the middle of a project walls seem to dominate and I feel that Mr Trump would envy this one!!! 

When I'm being rational I know it will only protrude a small bit above the finished patio, but I'm not feeling particularly rational today!

I have now had almost two weeks of clambering in and out of my back door and trudging over rubble and stuff to get to the garden. That's now good for anyone's humour! And it will be possibly two more weeks before normality is restored!

My poor cat is totally traumatised as his little house has been moved round the place to avoid being submerged in crushed stone and he also took exception to the Cement Mixer and various other trucks that have invaded his space! 

No photos of the work in progress - its far too depressing!


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Jacinta D Jacinta D 03 September 2017 17:46:35

Gosh, Hazel. I do hope you won't be waiting too much longer before it's finished. And poor, poor Puss. But I do love those three photos, in particular the Fuchsia.

Keep the faith. And just look forward to having a permanent patio for next summer.


Jackie Jackie 03 September 2017 18:49:09

Rome was'nt built in a day now..........yes it will take time, Ive lived in some awful situations over the past few years and thought it would never end and eventually it did. We often look back now and laugh at how we had the back door as a table and the tap in the middle of the room etc. lol It will get there and you will be thrilled with the results, you will see. Chin up!  I am sure puss is feeling it too! But soon it will be over!

I absolutely love the Clematis Tangutica, what a colour and what a lovely shaped flower too, gorgeous!


sallysarah sallysarah 03 September 2017 19:02:01

Love the clematis and the fuchsia.   Grit your teeth Hazel.  I always think about people who could be worse off.  I know it's hard to do that, but it works for me.  you have a nice new patio area to look forward to, although it does not feel like it now!!


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 03 September 2017 20:16:35

When it is finished you will enjoy your nice new patio for years to come, so a few weeks of chaos will soon be forgotten. 


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 03 September 2017 21:04:43

Thanks everyone! i just needed to have a moan! I'm feeling better already with the encouraging comments!

Yes, I love that clematis too. It ran amok on the arches last year so I cut it back hard and moved it - thought I'd killed it because it was late to appear in the spring! I'm hoping it will run amok where it has space on the Pergola instead LOL


DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 03 September 2017 21:21:06

You must break an egg to make an omelette!! Best of luck 


JoanG JoanG 03 September 2017 23:00:20

Hang in there Hazel, I'm sure the patio will turn out perfect for you.  Love that Clematis tangutica too! 


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