Saturday, 8 October 2016

The patio is updated in time for Autumn

Hi everyone,

Has Autumn come upon you as unexpectantly as it has for me? I am working through some Autumn jobs to get the garden ready for the long winter ahead so when I look out on it, it is pleasing to the eye in the dark months.

Do you have a constant list of jobs to be done about your home? I write them down to remind me of those niggly things that need to be kept on top of.

A chance conversation with a student this week reminded me of the thoughts I have had about changes to our patio & when his Dad followed up with a call & visit,  I just knew that change would happen at last.

I love our private garden & outdoor space. This was what it looked like when we bought some years back. I was glad it was more or less a blank canvas so that I could make it my own ...


The fountain worked by plugging it in on an extension cable & when working, it was very pretty, especially as we like to be outdoors in the garden, eating, relaxing & gardening ... ...


However, some time back the fountain worked intermittently.  I cleaned it out properly, thinking that might revive it ...


... and for a time it did, before it stopped again. The cables ran under the patio so changing the pump was complicated.  The 120cm square brick structure restricted the patio space ...



Two winters ago, the fountain stopped working;  we contemplated having the patio redone but it was not a priority until the student's Dad said he had an unexpected 2 day slot so he could remove the fountain, neaten up the space & trim the hedges before winter.  I seized the opportunity ....

While having my favourite breakfast in the conservatory, I flung open both patio doors so I could look at the space & decide which changes are needed ...


I had only a few days grace so I moved the fountain stones & the topiary to see if I would prefer them off the patio, while firming up the planning in the days before. One of the topiary pots could not be moved as it had come apart, another was broken by the box topiary roots too. I moved them about in their pots to decide where they look best ...


A powerful jet washer made light work of the years of accumulated dirt while the fountain walls were carefully dismantled so they could be repurposed at the far end of the patio.


 We did not know what to expect under the fountain walls so finding just a slab size square gap was a great result as that could be filled much more easily, rather than taking up large sections of the patio. The change suddenly progressed smoothly & quickly ...


The fountain walls were repurposed to make a matching wall on the side of the patio & then the topiary were planted out because their roots had broken their large planters.


I am hoping the large box topiary will really settle & grow abundantly now they are planted out ...

What a difference a day makes - the space is now light, bright & very useable. I am so glad that a chance conversation meant the space is transformed at last. It is much improved without the cost & time of redoing the whole patio . Sometimes less is more ...


The patio will be used much more now, especially as the trusty chimnea is ready with logs to keep Autumn chills at bay.

Do you keep a to-do list with things that need updating? Thank you for stopping by, your company & comments are always appreciated ...
Dee ~♥~

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