‘Pike’ waits patiently on the front lawn. She doesn’t know when her boathouse will be free and when she will be taken for a sail. Her master is looking forward to checking her over and doing a bit of touch-up with paint where minor abrasion on the chines has revealed bare wood.
Progress is being made with the patio. Slowly, but surely things are being set in order. Today I started laying down the hard core. Before I can do the remainder I’ll have to remove a fair amount of soil to obtain the required depth. At this stage I cannot be certain if I’ll manage without a skip.
There’s still a lot of work to be done and quite how I’m going to manage laying the heavy flagstones remains to be seen. Each flagstone has to be laid on five dabs of cement and slid sideways to the adjoining stones so as to squeeze cement upwards between the joins. Surplus cement has then to be removed cleanly.