The stream behind our garden overflowed and brought waves of mud through the Green Bug workshop overnight. We abandoned the clean-up after a few hours after seeing it was coming again and diverted the stream away onto the drive, laid sandbags (left overs from previous building jobs - thankfully) and dug channels .
However, the main pipe carrying the stream water blocked completely on the second day and nothing could clear it. We tried rodding, digging out, I went in the water 3 times trying to pull out what I could find with my hands. A kind farmer neighbour dug out part of the bank with his JCB so we have a new overground stream for now. It's just running clear of the workshop door and back into the stream again.
Since my last update in July I've been working every weekend on an extension to the house - to provide much needed extra facilities - we only have one toilet and a bath so there's always a queue. We can't wait to have a shower again!
A small job just to finish off this week - adding a brick-sided cold frame to a greenhouse I built last summer.
This greenhouse is only down the road from me so it's easy enough to do this as a small job.
My customer is really enjoying the greenhouse but thought a cold frame will be a really useful addition.
These foundations are a bit excessive for such a small wall but why not. I'm matching in with the foundations I laid for the main greenhouse and I can continue the brickwork courses through as well.
There are 2 courses of engineering brick and two of the facing bricks. You don't see that much of this brickwork from the outside but it allows a nice deep space inside the cold frame,
I'll build the frame and opening windows now and return to fit those shortly.
My customers were very keen to use local reclaimed bricks for the base so on the first day I travelled to the salvage yard with my customer and we chose the best bricks we could find (after a bit of sifting and sorting through).
For the floor we re-used some beautiful old quarry tiles my customer has had for many years - and we had just the right amount for the floor. I laid them on a full 3" bed of dry mixed sharp sand / cement and I'll brush through the joints with kiln dried sand when I come back here in a couple of weeks.
So chuffed to appear in Phao's excellent "blog of two gardens" this week. I built her greenhouse a couple of years ago and she recently came across a photo from that time. She looks very pleased.
My customer had the base built by a local contractor - who also landscaped the whole back garden - so my job was a little easier and quicker, and thankfully everything fitted the base exactly.
This greenhouse is built entirely from accoya (50 year guarantee) and painted in the customer's choice of "Bancha" - a new colour from the Farrow and Ball range.
I'll return just after Christmas with the greenhouse to complete this one....
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