|terrace, looking NE where corner step will be|
Today it's raining and cool. What a contrast to yesterday when it reached nearly 30C here: a real summer's day, hot and sunny.
In Edinburgh they have a saying: 'If you can see the Pentland hills it is going to rain; if you can't, it's raining'. It's a bit like the second bit where we live: if you can't see the other side of the Aigronne valley it's raining. Right now we can't see the other side.
Typically, on such a lovely day for doing things in the garden we needed to go and visit Leroy Merlin--well known to anyone in France who does any kind of home or garden improvement. We needed to order the tiles we'd chosen for the terrace. Before we moved in we had the terrace dug out, concreted and a small breeze block retaining wall put in. We'd decided that the finishing would come later once we'd settled in and were clear what we wanted.
Later has now arrived. We want it done before the winter as there are also some drainage issues. We need the terrace to slope slightly away from the house so that water runs in that direction. As it is a large space, 52m2 in total, we also need to have a second soakaway put in. When it rains here, boy can it rain! We'd also found, using the terrace over the summer, that the step up to the grass was far too small. Now it is going to be widened and placed in the corner on the angle so as to 'open' the terrace up to the space beyond.
We'd liked the look -on the internet site- of 3 different tiles. When we got to the store yesterday morning they didn't have one of our choices but the other two were on display. So we looked at two others we hadn't considered during our internet search but, in the end, came back to our original equal favorite.
The tiles look like stone setts and are a pale golden colour. Most importantly they are anti-slip and have a high resistance to fading. The colour should blend in with the tones of the stone & render of the house keeping it all light. They looked good in real life and the store had them in stock so the order was placed. The staff were efficient and friendly and we were in and out very quickly. So a successful visit and it meant we would get home in good time to deal with the grass.
|some of the kit for the new step and soakaway|
But the best laid plans.... we have just over 2 1/2 acres and we take it in turn to mow large sections of it. We were just changing over, having got about half the area done, when Niall noticed that the front left tyre on the ride-on mower looked very soft. We had a flat! On Tuesday we'll take it to the garage in the village for repair. The rest of the grass will have to wait until the tyre is fixed and it stops raining.
[terrace tile image from Leroy merlin catalogue]