Epic weekend!

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Have we been busy this week?

– have we ever! Even more so than normal and boy do we hurt. Kate is currently hugging a glass of wine cause it’s too heavy to lift. Eli is looking smug cause she has a non alcoholic beer which is only 55 calories but tastes like beer.

First job of the week was cleaning the patio – thank goodness for the pressure washer – turns out the slabs are grey not black! We originally tried some proper patio cleaning stuff from the builders yard at B&Q… did it clean it up? Did it heck!!!!!

So out came the pressure washer and Kate was off.  It looks so much better and it’s not slippy when it’s been raining.

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Next up was painting the shed – Eli did a fantastic job (assisted for a time by Lou) particularly impressive given that she really had to stretch to reach the high bits.  Of course, letting Eli loose to paint the shed meant she painted it – of course – orange! But amazing what a difference a coat of paint has made – the shed looks great – and so do the fences which also got a freshen up.

She was disappointed when she realised that the wood paint didn’t stay orange, but turned a dark reddy – brown.

Friday was the start of the big gardening adventure – we hired a van to make sure that we could get everything home in one trip – I love my car but she’s not really able to transport 1000 litres plus of compost, 5 raised beds, 4 hanging baskets, a mattock, shelving for the greenhouse, plant fleeces (IN CASE THEY GET COLD), pots for the chilli plants etc etc etc. Eli even managed to convince a nice boy in B&Q to do the heavy lifting for us although the shine wore off when the cashier looked at our trolley and asked who we were burying!

IMAG0006 IMAG0008Building the beds turned out to be a little trickier than expected as it turned out that the soil under the chuckies was less than a spade depth – so we did some lateral thinking and doubled up the height of the beds to make sure there will be enough space for all the stuff to root. The ground isn’t all together level so the layout of the beds is a little “organic”, but hey that’s how you can tell they were handmade!

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Saturday was demolition day – which basically meant that Kate got to go wild with a crowbar and a sledge hammer tearing down the old shed – a huge amount of fun – highly recommend it as stress busting exercise. Didn’t take too long to get the shed in pieces and the skip was soon full of broken pieces and unwanted random stuff left behind by the previous owners. Eli was a big squeally girl as she had to carry loads of wood with spiders and other beasties on it, but she tried to be brave so she could get her greenhouse in the end.

We have to say thanks to our neighbour Sandra who leant us a sledge hammer and gave us a box of maltesers “to keep our strength up”. It sounds like the whole neighbourhood are enjoying the saga of what we’re doing to the house and garden. We’re expecting a visit from the East Lothian Courier any day now.

imag0103Other big excitement of the day was the arrival of the fire pit – which will make a great addition to the patio for evenings of bbq, toasted marshmallows and some jamming on the guitars (provided I keep up my lessons and do the practice exercises that Eli has set). The garden is really starting to take shape and looks so much tidier.

Eli has been very patient waiting for the day to put up the greenhouse (she bought it the night we moved in), and Sunday finally saw the wait come to an end.

The concrete base needed a little work to level out – plus the eviction of many spiders, slaters and centipedes and then it was time to open those green boxes that have been lurking in the shed for weeks! Cue assembly of the world’s biggest mechano/jigsaw! At this point even Eli had second thoughts.

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We started putting the greenhouse together about 9 o’clock. We sat down at 5:30 pm.

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Have to say a huge thank you to Eli’s sister Leigh who painted the last fence on Sunday.

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Plan to take it easy on Monday and do a little potting – and maybe even go do something other than gardening!

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