We have been doing some work on our front garden recently. The team from Hayes Garden World began the laborious task of creating a new garden area and an extra parking space 10 days ago. Now, 10 days later, we have an almost completed wall and a dug-out bed for creating a stone path with steps. Hurrah! Our front garden design is finally taking shape!
The landscape designer had incorporated a small change to the front entrance of our guest house as part of his proposal: two steps will be removed from their present position, and a stone ‘platform’ will take their place which will lead naturally on to the garden path. The removed steps will then be rejoined to the platform, making both the steps and the platform integral to the revamped entrance of our guest house. The men will also remove some mismatched stone built into the front entrance stairway and replace them with colour-matched ones. These mismatched stone steps were built before we came to live at Blenheim Lodge, possibly more than 30 years ago.
We have continued to welcome guests to stay at our Bed and Breakfast all this time, and the men will continue with the project whilst our guest house continues to remain open for business. The good thing about these particular landscapers is that they are so quiet and tidy that they do not disturb our guests at all. They have cordoned off the part of garden that needs working on but otherwise there is full access to the rest of our onsite car park and front steps.
Hubby and I are looking forward to seeing the completed re-landscape of our house frontage. The landscapers are also doing some planting for us, and we have requested plants that are indigenous to the Cumbrian landscape or which will thrive in our climate here. The Lake District can be somewhat wet and windy at times, so we would prefer plants hardy enough to withstand the weather.
Now all Hubby and I have to do is to sell on 4 tons of walling stone that we do not need, but which we bought when we had at first thought we would be using another stonewaller to build our drystone walls and walkway. We had originally offered the job to a one-man-band stonewaller and, with him, we had to provide the stones. Having purchased the stones, we then discovered that he was actually rather unreliable and failed to turn up. The long and short of it was that we turned to Hayes to do the work and now we are left with 4 tons of locally quarried walling stones to re-sell. Walling stone, anyone?
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