When I left for the north, my son’s garden was already being stripped back to basics. I was curious to see what might have been done by the time I got back. It had all looked fine before the work started… but beneath the surface of the decking, the garden was rotting and had to be ripped out and replaced.
It was a catalogue of errors that was revealed as the process of stripping the old garden back had begun. Possibly the worst ‘oversight’ was the bridge… with none of its supporting posts even touching the ground, let alone being sensibly concreted into place. We had been going to leave it in… but seeing how little was supporting it changed the plans.
The fish, though, seem to like their new ‘open plan’ pond. There is a lot of speeding around and jumping out to see what is going on… or perhaps catch the odd fly…
…and as some of the fish are a good three feet long and more, being pondside now that the garden has been dropped to water level, means that their curiosity can get you awfully wet. Even the sturgeon keep coming over to be part of the action and Nick has been able to stroke their sandpapery backs for the first time; the deck raised him too far away from the water before.
But work goes on. The next stage of repairing the damage to the kitchen and bathroom from the leak in the loft has now been put on hold until the garden is done. New gateposts and a sturdier fence have gone in, and the gates re-hung so they will actually close again. The base is down for the new shed that will let Nick get his wheelchair and trike safely under cover and painting is underway.
The roses and a few other plants and shrubs have been preserved and protected, ready to be moved to their new homes once the new raised beds have gone in.
In spite of the fact that everything is covered in sticky clay and mud and that the whole place is a complete shambles… a new garden is starting to emerge from the ruins.
There is a still a long way to go, and even when it is done, there will be growing time needed… but the future is starting to take shape and each day brings the new garden closer. I don’t think it will be long before the baby koi can stop looking worried… even though I know that as soon as this one is finished, work will begin inside in earnest…and then we’ll really have problems…