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The garden: getting serious

The landscape gardener came around again this evening, to confirm the price and agree a start date of immediately after the August Bank Holiday. I have agreed to pay up-front for the materials – specifically the steel I-beams and 300 new oak sleepers. That is not going to be cheap – but with a small company cashflow is critical, and I don’t want them charging me extra for interest if they have to bear the cost when I have already budgeted for the expense.  So tomorrow I need to phone up the steel supplier and arrange to pay him, and I expect to have to buy the oak sleepers on Wednesday. Scary stuff! But it does at least mean that this is turning from a figment of my imagination into reality.

It’s such a shame Chris isn’t here to see it, as we’ve wanted to get the garden sorted out ever since we moved in. But then again, I’m using the last of his life insurance money to pay for it, so if he was still alive, we couldn’t have afforded it anyway……

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  1. David A | 15 August 2011 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    It sounds like the materials for some kind of military fortification, not a garden 😉 Perhaps restoring British Camp to full working order?

  2. Gillian | 16 August 2011 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Those readers who aren’t local to Malvern may not get the reference. I live on the lower slopes of an iron-age hill-fort. The upper slopes are heavily terraced with ditches and ramparts, so that from a distance the hill is almost shaped like a wedding cake. So by undertaking serious terracing and landscaping of my garden, I am in many respects continuing a 2200 year old local tradition!

  3. Richard A | 16 August 2011 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Or building a funicular railway?