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Wow, how the garden has grown, in only a week!!!

I have only been away working in the UK for one week, and i just cant believe how quickly things in the garden change, i think mother nature has had a red bull or two.

Like the Uk the weather has been bizarre with sun, rain and high winds, i guess the plants like this combination, although i don’t.

The tree were only just in blossom bud when i left and now they have burst forth and are looking and smelling beautiful.

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The chives are showing off.

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The geraniums are giving the chives a run for their money.

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Poppies are popping up everywhere, even in piles of old rubble. The colour is so vivid.

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And our roses beet the rest to first place, and they smell so sweet and heady, i love the smell of fresh roses after it has rained.

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The sun made a welcome appearence and so did our pool technician, he was most welcome as we thought he wouldn’t be able to come until June.

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Our pool liner had a rip in it at the end of last season, our pool company repaired it but said we had to have a new liner fitted, but this could only be done in the warmer months, so we have been waiting all winter for a warm sunny spring day to get it changed. The pool technician came last Monday but only managed to get the job half done as the rain came. The next appointment was June, but as mentioned he popped by on Thursday and finished the job.

mmm… now i just have to fill it!!!

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Why the Henry hoovers i hear you ask? Well they suck the air out from the pool liner whilst its filling with water, i know weird but it works, and Henry dosnt mind helping out.

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Have a lovely weekend everyone.

 

 

 

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Time to Come Indoors

A little over 18 months ago, on April 1st 2014, I posted a blog explaining how I had spent a couple of days installing our pool and terrace. The more astute among you will have noticed that it was an April Fool’s, and that the tiny photo was badly doctored:

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In the passing 18 months, we’ve been toiling hard to build the pool and the surrounding terrace, and today – our last day working out in the garden before we transfer back to working indoors – we finished the last couple of tasks to complete it. After 1.3km of decking planks and 7000 screws, here is the final result:

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I’m sure Phill, Marion & Ian would like to join me in thanking everyone who gave some of their time and effort, and helped us along the way. Claude, our neighbour, for hours digging channels and test holes with his mini digger; Lionel, our friend in the village, who turned up on endless days to help, and who taught us an invaluable French phrase: Jamais Plus – Never Again; John, who dug out the initial hole for the pool, and persuaded Phill to spend an extortionate amount on “200 year-old Parisian” (yeah, right) iron railings to go around the terrace (but which were so worth it); Michel our electrician, and general pool advisor; Luke, our friend from London, who spent a couple of hours on his hands and knees, screwing; Boris, Ian’s brother-in-law, whose relaxing stay in the south of France meant wheeling barrow loads of concrete around the garden; Dave, Phill’s brother-in-law, who can turn his hand to anything! And to everyone else who supplied us with cups of tea, and meals, and bottles of beer at the end of the day.

As I mentioned, our attention now turns inside. It will be a busy winter converting the loft into 3 bedrooms. Next spring will see us return to finish off some of the walls near the pool, and build a summer kitchen.

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Full up!

Our pool is finally full up with water and our electrician Michele has made all the connections so the pump and lights are working.

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Full Up and time for a swim……

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Now to back fill all around it, put the marvels on and do all the 150 square meters of decking… easy!

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Fill me up!

At last our pool liner has been fitted and now we have to wait for it to fill up with water which will take about two days.
Now it’s time for decking, lots of decking…..

Fitting the base sheeting yesterday

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The pool has to fill up to the first step then we take out the hoover poles which are keeping the liner tight and let gravity do the rest.

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Where does the time go?

I can’t believe its time for me to be heading back to the Uk for my week of work, where does the time go? The last three weeks have really flown by, is it me or are you all experiencing this? Maybe its just me getting older, when i was a kid the days and weeks were really long especially the summer holidays, they seemed to go on forever, but no more, now i look at the clock and the hands are speeding around, its more noticeable here in my village as the church bells go off three times a day, 8am to tell us its time for work, 12pm to tell us its time for lunch and 7pm to tell us its time for a drink!!! thats way to late should be more like 5pm , so say i.

Anyway i have been a busy boy this week with lots of computer work done and some really lovely sociable happenings.

Heres some photos of what my week has been about, i do hope you have all had a great week too, tomorrow i head for Toulouse airport bound for London Heathrow and then on up to Edinburgh as I’m working in New Lanark next week, and theres Kev homeward bound from Abuja, he will get in at about 12.30am and ill leave at 8.30am, ships passing in the night, hey ho thats how we have been together for 18 years i guess, absence makes the hart grow fonder so they say. He has a busy week ahead of him as he has to get the pool ready for the liner to be fitted on the 28th, no stress then???

 

Heres to a successful visit to the UK, i wish you all a very happy week ahead.

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The pool has finally started…

I can’t quite believe it but the digger man turned up today and the hole for our pool is finally taking shape, and very quickly i must say, he dosn’t mess about.

Keep checking back readers as i will post updates over the next few days to show you our progress.

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