Saturday, 29 June 2013

The Guest Garden

So one of this year's bigger projects was to make a private garden for the apartment, something I have been wanting to do for about four years now. Those of you that are following us on facebook may well have already seen the photos. Now, here comes the story!

Should we, shouldn't we, should we, shouldn't we? We should-ed and shouldn't-ed for a while (we have taken to our new country's 'piano, piano' - slowly, slowly - approach quite well I feel) and then the true face of team Reid revealed itself. Seriously, work isn't worth doing unless you are under serious pressure!! So, with just ten days to spare before our first booking of the season we went to the builder's yard and made the decision to go for it. From then on in there was no turning back!
Poles are in!
Fence is going up.










 Creating the garden involved:
  • digging holes and concreting in 7 posts and 4 corner spars
  • wiring the posts
  • attaching the fence
  • putting up screening for privacy
  • knocking through the wall from the terrace
  • digging out and transplanting 7 rather (too) well established laurel bushes
  • building and paving a step
  • capping a wall and finishing to make the garden entrance
  • painting the wall
  • creating a culinary herb bed
What can I say? True to form we got the job done with 3 hours to spare! Yes, if it hadn't been for the fact that our lovely Dutch guests  (the De Bruine family) arrived late evening, we might have had to warn them to mind themselves because the paint was still wet. But as it was, they remained blissfully unaware of our frantic building, clearing and painting, interspersed with all our usual guest preparation duties.
Before the breakthrough.
The moment of no return...



  




Digging out the hedge
Even our neighbour helps!
And still the digging continues...
A work in progress
6 hours before arrival
3 hours before arrival



Now, there is a private little haven for all our guests to enjoy!