At long last my labours on building a patio in the back garden have come to an end. I can look at it with some satisfaction. I know that it is far from perfect, since I lacked the skills and knowledge to bring perfection about. However, what I did was my very best, and the finish was satisfactory – good enough to make my wife happy.
At the outset I was a complete novice, having never built a patio before, and I can honestly say I never want to build another. Give me wood as a medium, not bricks and mortar, for which I have little sympathy. Shaping wood with sharp tools is pleasurable, but mixing mortar and applying it with a trowel - there is no comparison.
Take if from me, that is not the last job to do in the garden. A garden is as demanding as a boat, and it can be just as costly to maintain. Talking of boats, I must get around to having a sail with ‘Pike’.