Sunday, January 30, 2011


First on the list to reclaim the garden are the evergreen trees next to the pool -  they were probably planted when the house behind us was new, to give a bit of shelter for the swimming pool.

But since we aren't going to have the pool, and the neighbour now has a big hedge, they don't really serve any purpose, so we've chopped them down. It was great entertainment for the whole family.

If only I could find a suitable Tool of the Week to help get rid of all those branches...

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Relaxing by the pool

I'm posting this a little behind, since we've already started work... This is our lovely new pool, as it was when we moved into the house. We got a man round to have a look, bought some new pipes to connect properly up to the swimming pool filter and pump in the basement of the house. The decking was a little bouncy but we decided to give it a go.

Removing the cover, we found seriously black water (looks like the filter hasn't been connected for several years). After several days of intensive filtering and scrubbing with a long swimming pool pole thing, it was almost looking good - we could see the bottom.

Then, just after dinner one night, I got a phone call from the neighbour behind us (the first time we met actually), who was wondering why his entire patio and much of his garden was under water...

The pool now looked like this, the liner having burst.
This was a little disappointing, because the hope was to at least test the pool before deciding whether to clean it up properly. Instead, we've now decided to get rid of it completely and replace it with a bigger garden!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year

Possibly the least exciting picture of the new year is the foam lagging that I've lovingly cut and shaped and tied to our bare pipes in the new boiler room.

Look at that craftsmanship... you don't see that any more (tm).

On the plus side, I've had to turn the water down since I added it, so it must be doing something good. Makes me feel all ecological...

However, for the majority of folks that aren't into rubberised insulating foam, here's a much nicer New Year's picture of one of our kittens, Rosie.