Saturday, July 04, 2015

A Good Day

Sand base for third slab

Seven slabs laid, ready for tidying

There was a considerable amount of rain last night – something unusual over the past few weeks. Anyway, after I made an early start at working on the patio, the sun came out and the weather became quite humid. That didn’t stop me from laying seven paving slabs, after which I had time for collecting more sand from B&Q before the store closed.

Tomorrow’s BBC Weather Forecast is for rain in SE Essex. That will give me an opportunity for taking things easy after morning worship at Provident Baptist Church, Southend-on-Sea.*

Unfortunately the proposed sail with ‘Temagami’ on Monday has been cancelled. Instead, she’ll be returning to Pin Mill tomorrow afternoon. She’ll be making her departure from Walton and Frinton Yacht Club Basin at about 2.00 pm, an hour before high water. forecasts a SW wind of only 5 mph which will not make for exciting sailing, and doing it in the rain will not enhance the experience.


*Providence Baptist Church Southend-on-Sea

Walton and Frinton Yacht Club

Friday, July 03, 2015

Bitty Day, but the prospect of a day sail


Gravel in bags

Gravel distributed

Joins before tidying

Joins after tidying

Because of having to do various things with my wife before she set off on her mini-break to Italy, this was one of those days when I could not set aside any length of time for working on the patio. I was able to collect more sand and gravel from B&Q and Wicks, and afterwards to lay down the gravel to make a more even surface at the correct height in preparation for laying sand for the next row of paving slabs. Hopefully I’ll be able to do another six slabs tomorrow, so as to bring me more than halfway through the task of laying about 65 in total.

Another little job done today was tidying a few remaining joins between infill slabs by the garden shed. The more such jobs done now, the less there will be to do later. I have a desire to finish the patio as soon as I can so that I can go sailing with 'Pike', but there is a chance that I may be able to have a day sail this coming Monday aboard ‘Temagani’ which would be a treat.

‘Temagami’, a Lovely Gaff Cutter – Part 1

‘Temagami’, a Lovely Gaff Cutter – Part 2

Pike Skiff designed by Iain Oughtred

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Cleaning Up



Cleaning finished

During the process of creating or making something there is often a mess that has to be tidied. Today, I set about tidying or cleaning up the mortar joins between the paving slabs. My tools were a wire brush and a stainless steel weed picker, along with a soft hand brush.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Twenty-six Paving Slabs

The hottest day of the year so far, and I laid seven paving slabs, one of which had to be shaped to fit.

I can congratulate myself, because another day’s work could see me past the halfway mark. However, I shall not be working on the patio tomorrow because there are a number of important things that have to be done before my wife takes a mini-break to Italy.

My chief role tomorrow will be that of private chauffeur. To a certain extent it will be a rest day – certainly by comparison to today which has been hard grind. Mortar and paving slabs is not my cup of tea; I would much prefer working with wood, building a boat. Cutting a paving slab to shape is not a nice job. Noise is horrendous and grit goes everywhere.

Neighbours have to be a bit tolerant, but since my immediate neighbours are having a house extension built, they have become accustomed to noise. Our other neighbours are off on holiday for a bit of respite and peace. I don’t blame them.

The tally of paving slabs laid to the present time is 26. My calculation is that there are another 39 to go! Some patio! When it is finished I’ll be able to invite all my neighbours to a jive party, and we’ll have right knees up.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Fiddly Day

I knew today would not be routine. First of all I had to buy sand and gravel before setting about work on the patio. Instead of routinely putting down six full-size paving slabs, I shaped pieces and fitted them into nooks and crannies.

This sort of work is very fiddly. Spaces have to be measured carefully and allowances made for mortar between adjacent slabs. Getting the mortar into some of the crevices was a bit tricky. Hence, I spent most of the day fiddling around. 

Perhaps tomorrow will be more straightforward and I’ll be able to lay six more full-size paving stones.   

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sunday and Today, Monday



Yesterday was a Sunday and it rained. I never thought I would do building work on the patio, and that was the case. A rest day was welcome, especially as my right shoulder was playing up.

For me, Sunday is seldom a workday.  I’d far rather rest on what some call the ‘Lord’s Day’. There’s nothing sacred about it, but many Christians set it aside for worship, although for a lot of us, not exclusively. There was a campaign some years ago called, ‘Keep Sunday Special’, but that has long gone. In fact, there’s hardly any difference between a Sunday and a weekday for the majority of people, but one thing I would avoid, is shopping at Tesco, because so many people do, making it one of the supermarket’s busier days.

The photos tell the story of what was achieved today on building the patio – another six paving slabs laid. Progress may not be as rapid tomorrow, because I shall have to spend time collecting materials at two stores that are well apart.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Another Six Paving Slabs Done

I thought it might be possible to lay six paving slabs today, and so it turned out. The final slab at the far end was shaped to fit around a corner of the garage foundations. Whenever I mixed more mortar than needed I used the surplus to repair brickwork and paving around the house. Estimating how much mortar has to be mixed is still problematic. Maybe I’ll get it in time.

At this stage I have at least a further nine to ten day’s work of laying slabs. They will not be consecutive days.  I have yet to lay two rows of seven, and five rows of eight, some of which will have to be cut to shape.