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By stark (Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 11:20:57 PM EST) gardening, breaker, stress, patio (all tags)
Inside: gardening, more gardening, a bit more work on the garden

So I decided that we could do something with the garden. The gf and I agreed that we didn't want any grass, but wanted to avoid a concrete wasteland look. Looked like we simply needed to get rid of the concrete blocks that were there at the moment, add in a patio, and fix up the bottom half of the garden to have some patio slabs interspersed with some hardy low-growing stuff. Easy.

The parents are coming down to help us out this Thursday night. So far I've had about five slightly panicky phone calls to my dad, with him trying to explain what preparatory work we need to do, and me trying to figure out what he's talking about. Last weekend was primarily spent with a medium duty breaker, bashing the hell out of about seventy square feet of concrete. It turns out that this
a) takes a long time, and
b) is really hard work.

My body has just about stopped aching today. I really genuinely wanted to have nothing more to do with the stupid project by 8pm on Sunday evening, with a couple of square feet left to go. It wasn't helped by the fact that we'd made a hurried trip to the local garden centre to have a look at stone paving flags, only to discover that the car wouldn't start to return us home, and neither of us had our mobile phones, or indeed the details of the breakdown service. Waiting an hour for a breakdown truck to show when you know that you've only a few hours before it gets dark and you'll start really annoying your neighbours is a bit stressful. The gf took over for a little while, only to have a chisel snap while she was drilling away. We then went to the local chippy for badly needed hot carbohydrate, to discover that it's closed on Sundays and Mondays. It wasn't a good day.

While the gf was trying to borrow cars on Monday so that we'd actually be able to return the tools we'd hired before 10am, I was trying to get an idea of how much sand, cement and gravel we'll need. That was ordered yesterday: a ton of sand, ten bags of cement, three bags of gravel. Next job: work out how much patio there is and what slabs we'll need. I downloaded Inkscape and was quite impressed, although it still took me the best part of two hours to get the diagram done. It should be to scale, but who knows whether that'll work in reality. A copy has been mailed to my dad for his feedback before I start ordering large quantities of Indian sandstone. I now know a lot more about how to lay a patio.

I'm just worried what's going to happen when my parents turn up and figure out that we've not had any time to do any serious preparation work, and that the any surface area in the garden is covered by thirty-seven rubble sacks each full of blocks of concrete...


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Damn by spiralx (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 11:45:53 PM EST
That image (and other big ones) breaks the page in Firefox.

Although it's ok here on the comment page...

*goes back to read diary*

Weird, isn't it by stark (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Aug 10, 2005 at 12:00:08 AM EST
My knowledge of CSS layout guff is nonexistent so I've no idea what's going on. I think it's a known problem, though...
U.S. Patent 5443036 concerns a device for encouraging a cat to exercise by chasing a light spot.
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WIPO: Strike oil by Rogerborg (4.00 / 2) #3 Wed Aug 10, 2005 at 02:02:39 AM EST
become annexed as a USian Protectorate.

Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.
"medium duty breakers...hard work" by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Aug 10, 2005 at 04:15:09 AM EST
Fine, OK then! /huffs off

I was desperately trying by stark (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Aug 10, 2005 at 04:25:09 AM EST
to think of a Breaker related joke before I posted this, but inspiration deserted me.  Thanks for filling in the gaps!

I was looking at the possibility of making some sort of gag about Breakers for hire, or how heavy/noisy the breaker was, but that was as far as I got ;-)
U.S. Patent 5443036 concerns a device for encouraging a cat to exercise by chasing a light spot.

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