Friday, 22 February 2013

Drive, Wall and Path 2

dtain cover
Here to the left is my tatty drive before the work, the wall was falling down and the concrete breaking up.

This on the right is the new drain coever with slabs in to make it part of the path, clever I call it!

I asked if I could have a couple of the off cuts of salb because I have a flat bit by the trellis which has some old slab on where I take the green bin onto the grass when I am gardening and they just said they would sort something and below is the result a sloping and very neat slab to the grass!

sloped slab to grass

And last but not least the completed driveway form the road up to the garage. I am chuffed to bits. Many thanks to I would reccommend them to anyone

completed driveway, wall and path

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Drive,Wall and Path 1

As you know, we have been having a new drive, wall and path done. The chaps started last Monday and have been working hard, they pop in for 5 minutes when I make them a cup of tea and then off they go and don't even stop for food, they eat on the go. So the path and wall are finished and looking lovely, the path is slabbed and they have done it so the drain cover is slabbed too and looks like part of the path it is amazing! They have also made a sloped bit onto the grass where I take the green bin onto the grass when I am gardening because I asked if I could use a couple of off cuts to replace the old bit of concretey stuff I had there. The darker edge to the drive is laid and tomorrow they will be doing the drive and may well finish it. are the people I have used and I would highly recommend them. I will be taking some pics and putting them on here to show what a good job they have done for us.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Paradise Park Newhaven

Today I went to Paradise Park with the Daughter, Grandson, Grandaughter and family friend and had a lovely day.  
 It is a lovely place and we wandered round looking at the exhibition of planet earth which seemed to have everything from dinosaurs to shells and to crystals. Inside is a soft play area and outside another play area, a small train, cacti area and all sorts to many to mention. There is also a garden centre and a gift shop and a place for tea and food and we all had a good day.

It is a place we will go to again I expect, I certainly hope so because we all enjoyed the day out


Another week gone and a very messy garden! we are a week into having a new driveway, wall and path. it will look lovely when it is finished but until then it is a bit of a muddy mess. It has been so wet lately that everywhere is soggy. Still the old drive,wall and path was dismantled and taken away in short order and half the wall is done and some of the edging to the drive and it is going to be really nice. I am a very lucky lady, a new kitchen and a new driveway etc. You will have to pay to speak to me at this rate! Still if the wall hadn't been taken down it would have fallen down as as all the mortar had crumbled with the snow and ice of the last 2-3 years. In fact some of it had and it was placed back lose. In a week it should be finished and I will put up a pic or two.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013


On Saturday it was my birthday so the daughter had arranged to collect me after work Friday evening to go to no 48   as my birthday treat. But before I finished work I had a text from the Mum to say the dishwasher was leaking! It is insured so not a problem really but I had to ring a good frined who is a plumber to go reound and turn the water supply the the machine off as the Mum couldn't. He kindly syphioned the water away so will ring on Monday to have it looked at.
The evening at 48 was really good we went to one of their music and meal nights, "The Exiles" were playing and we go to see them whenever we can. this time they were doing more Blues type stuff but they do allsorts.We were a group of 4, the Daughter and 2 friends and we all had a good time.
On Saturday we began the year at St Barnabus Church Second Saturday Craft Fairs and did reasonably well which was good. It was quite cold though! we didn't see a couple of our regulars so I hope they are ok and not suffering from any dready lurgy of any sort. I had tried a new line of flap ear hats, I made a really thick one which sold (see pic which actually looked better int the flesah so to speak) and some thinner ones which I lined with fleece which also look better in the flesh!
After the fair the Daughter and I had originally planned to go to a friends in Brighton, but it was cold and rainy and the forecastwas for even colder so we decided not to risk the weather so she and our friend of the dogs came round to ours and we all had chinese and watched the Phantom of the Opera 25th annivesary video and a good time was had by all.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

New Kitchen

So last week after 3 days hard work (not mine I hasten to add as althought I can do some DIY I am not that good or qualified) I had a new kitchen. Hooray!!! Although actually not completely new, but a new hob and built in oven and a new sink and worktops all shiny and lovely. A friend of ours does this sort of thing for a living so we had him in to do our kitchen. The Mum decided that if we had a built in oven she might be able to do some cooking again as she could not lift things out of our old oven. I was quite happy to go along with this and so here it is. 

new sink
New counter top
Then she said that as we couldn't have the new sink we wanted put in last year because it wouldn't fit in the current work top, we might as well do that too, so we did. She also decided that we would have to have new work tops all round or we would have one odd one, so we did! The oven and hob are lovely and I am chuffed to bits with it all. Now to get used to it and start to make some more jams for the craft fair next weekend. Watch this space!