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    In went the sub base which got the treatment with a whacker plate I was able to hire for a day.

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    After queuing for several millenia at Wickes, I was able to begin the construction process in earnest...

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    As time went by, I reached a kind of flow state with the shovel. I was in the zone. I just couldn't. stop. digging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    At around this stage, Boris has just been admitted into intensive care, my wife had come home from work witha a temperature and the health secretary Matt Hancock appeared in the daily briefings looking more and more haggered and hopeless. The pandemic in the UK was far from its peak and the country was in its strictest state of lockdown.

    I badly needed an outlet, and with the arch nearly finished I began to vent my frusttraion on the front of the garden with a shovel and a pickaxe.

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    That is quite a big hole.
    Please post a pic of your wife holding a newspaper with today's date.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    That is quite a big hole.
    Darn it, I missed a trick there!

    After the cobbled edging was in place I made a little retaining wall and dug out the space for a step up to the arch. By now Boris was out of hospital and barking orders to all and sundry tp go forth and EXERCISE. "Do as much as you fcuking well want," instructed Bozzer, obviously still smarting a little after his brush with death.

    OK, will do then, Boris, but can I finish my Pandemic lockdown project first, please?

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    Looks like it is getting there, Slap. Nothing like getting your frustrations out by digging with a shovel.
    That first pic of your children wandering in the garlic is precious!

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    After several more eons of waiting at Wickes, I bought a half a dozen cheap slabs and used an angle grinder to create the top plinths for the wall, and paving for the step...

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    The step then got pointed and a ton of 20mm pea shingle was added...

    This is the current state of play.

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    Looks bloody marvelous, Slap, will you be adding a BBQ

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    Very nice Senoir Slaps!

    The cat looks knackered watching you

    Things we do on lockdown.

    Had a lockdown project on the go a few months ago also,took the worst part of the garden and turned it into a mini suntrap/herb garden/smiley patio /chill out area...

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    Lavender, Mint, Rosemary and a bamboo archway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Slap, will you be adding a BBQ
    Not sure. I think the British sun has been and buggered off. Might stick a firepit in it to warm us up on those cold summer afternoons.



    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Lavender, Mint, Rosemary and a bamboo archway...
    Lovely stuff. Is the wee pooch a cocker, or a springer, or a sprocker? Or none of the above?

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    Not sure. I think the British sun has been and buggered off. Might stick a firepit in it to warm us up on those cold summer afternoons.
    I thought it was a car park area.

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    I suspected there was a bit of Fred West-ing going on, Slapper the ol' scalawag, glad to hear I was wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    I thought it was a car park area
    Yes, it is - albeit for the Mrs's car, my seven seater just about squeezes in. Firepit will go betwixt planters and archway. In fcat, what am I talking about - there shall be so such pit, we need somewhere to play swingball. As you can see, the garden and house is pretty small - looking to upgrade, but buggered if that's possible in the Southeast. Looking towards Dorset and Devon on the otherhand - your Home Counties cash goes a long long way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    I suspected there was a bit of Fred West-ing going on, Slapper the ol' scalawag, glad to hear I was wrong.
    The occasional passer by would quip "has lockdown got that bad then?" Oh, we Brits are just sooooo fucking funny.

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    Two beer Changs no ice and a Absinthe chaser please.
    Oh ffs he has gone all Biophilic on us i was expecting a bar.

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    Nice one slappers. Love yer work mate.and sure Hope por has been keeping safely inebbriated in the bowels of issan during these pandemic times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klong toey View Post
    Two beer Changs no ice and a Absinthe chaser please.
    These days I'll usually plump for a robust glass or two of Argentinian Malbec and a brace of regional ales - daily of course.



    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    Hope por has been keeping safely inebbriated in the bowels of issan during these pandemic times.
    I was sort of hoping that Por was part of an elborate nightmare I once had, but no, the fact that I keep waking up with a gaggle of Asians in my house would suggest otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    none of the above?
    Sprollie apparently, half Border Collie and half Springer Spaniel.
    Although I suspect he has some kangeroo in him.

    Now the weather has changed for the worst, will you be undertaking any interior projects?

    Hope you and yours are keeping well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    will you be undertaking any interior projects?
    I've got the whole house to do, dude. Will finish landscaping the front, then come the autumn will systematically go room to room making good, repairing and decorating, then next spring I'll stick it on the market and buy somet bigger.

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