I'm going to spare you my usual lengthy narrative, and thanks to Toby's mad camera skills, resort to spamming you with pictures instead!
But before that, a list of acknowledgements seems appropriate, since we received so much help (sorry if I forget anyone). Thank you to Heather, Lis and Julia for the loan of tools, it made everything so much easier, and thank you to Todd, Toby and Ryan for doing masses of work. Ryan didn't even know there was a work weekend, he was just visiting for his birthday. He got stuck in nevertheless. What a legend. Thanks to Toby for taking pictures or we wouldn't have a record of all the frenzied activity. And thanks to Finn, for doing more digging today than you would imagine a 2 year old would be up for, and managing to do it in an actually useful fashion. Between that and his tendency to shout "grow more plants! grow more seeds!" I have high hopes for his future.
On to the pictures!
|There was a breeze block wall on top of this stone one only hours before.|
|That's some of it in a heap centre-left, next to all our sexy recycled paving materials!|
|Lifting concrete to make a home for the compost bins.|
|Flick is a professional digger, and she found a clay pipe stem!|
|Knocking down the wall revealed next door's rubbish heap - which Toby promptly sorted and bagged for recycling :)|
|Victorian flagstones under the concrete show how much the ground level has risen.|
|Start of day two: so much ground to level!|
|Marking out the edge of the patio so we can start not standing on the beds.|
|It's a family affair :D|
|Finn asked Toby to take this picture. Quite right too.|
|The future shed floor is now levelled!|
|A nice tidy garden, with newly housed compost bins!|
|Cleaned tools at the end of the day. Woop!|
|Our newest treasure - a buried shopping trolley!|