A journal of my favourite pastimes gardening, farming and sewing.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

New paved outdoor area

Over the recent weekend we were busy creating an outdoor entertaining area which we anticipate will be in high demand  over the coming months.  We needed something temporary and cheap to create; temporary because eventually this area will be largely covered by a deck attached to our extended home and cheap because we are still minding our pennies.

We had a couple of pallets of bricks which Hubby had picked up on a job a few years ago.  Our outlays were the hire of equipment (Kanga and whacker packer) and 7 cubic metres of crusher dust to bed and sweep into the laid bricks.

This is what Saturday and Sunday looked like

Leveling out the site

Laying the crusher dust base
End of Saturday
After packing down



Ready for happy hour on Sunday


If you look closely you will see some bare crusher dust at the end of the paved area.  Bah! ran out of bricks didn't we!  Hubby is trying to source some similar bricks locally and the job will be finished. My job is to sweep that excess crusher dust into the holes on the other side of the table, there will be some more shoveling involved.


Looking back to the BBQ and smoker/pizza oven

The BBQ and smoker/pizza oven will be positioned to the RHS of the above pic with lattice panels behind them.  As this area receives full sun most of the day, we will put up a shade sale (which is packed away somewhere in the shed)  That little shed behind is my gardening shed.  It will go once the extension starts.  The shed structure in the background is an old cattle stable that we are using for, yes more storage.  

The two days which were very hot and dry really gave us all a workout, luckily I had a massage booked for Monday which was something to look forward to.  Certainly my clothes are feeling looser, so I must have lost a couple of kilos in fluid or something.  

I'll post some final pics once we have completed the project.  So far, we're very happy with it.


9 comments:

  1. How very neat it is. You both did a good job. Yes, definitely will need a sail. Looking forward to your personal stamp of greenery. A tub of rosemary near the bbq for using as a marinade brush on lamb perhaps.

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    1. Thanks Lynda, that's a great idea. I have some rosemary 'plantlets' I have struck from cuttings so I will do that.

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  2. That looks great, Barb! I am sure it will be used a lot. Boy, it looks dry there too. We didn't get a drop of rain with those storms as they just passed us by :-(

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    1. Yes its been very dry but the cattle are still finding something to eat so things can't be too bad. We had 14mm from yesterday's storm - it was very patchy rain-wise from what I can gather.

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  3. What a splendid idea! So cost effective too i would imagine. I love your outlook too.

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    1. Thanks Phil hopefully we'll find some compatible bricks and will be all good.

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    2. Thanks Phil hopefully we'll find some compatible bricks and will be all good.

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  4. Barb,
    By the feel of the weather an outdoor area is going to be needed for summer. Probably more for night and early morning. Don't forget to place some potted Basil around...that'll help with the mozzies. Or so I heard.
    -Shiralee.

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    1. Thanks for the basil tip Shiralee. I have planted out a heap of Basil seeds so should be able to organize that.

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