Wednesday, 18 May 2011


Lucas, in various locations.

Living room

New Brighton Beach

New Brighton Beach

West Kirby beach


New Brighton - The Olive Tree Bistro

Living room

Living room

Tuesday, 17 May 2011


The sycamore at the bottom of the garden has finally gone. Well, it's been taken down to waist height. You see, the tree had grown through the old railings and the chainsaw couldn't cut below a certain height.
Anyway, after a few hours Paul the tree surgeon, with help from Tom (Deb's dad), finished the job. The rest of the tree stump will have to be hacked away gradually.

Paul's tribute to Tom.

Although most of the tree was taken away, the tree surgeon cut up a few logs for us for our, yet to be purchased, log burner.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

The secret garden

It's been a while since my last blog about the progress of the garden (18/10/10). I thought I'd share with you the current status.

We're hoping the garden will be in a much better state by the summer.

With help from my Dad and Mum, we started to clear and level the raised rear section of the garden.

I had no idea just how many bricks and rocks could be in such a small built-up area.

As well as levelling the garden we wanted to remove the old wrought iron railings which belonged to the old college (now demolished). I'm guessing the railings had stood for about 100+ years.

My Dad has taken down most of the railings with help from his 2 angle grinders.

Here's a selection of death traps the previous owner of the house hammered into the garden walls. Amongst other things, over 50 nails removed!

After removing more than enough rubble from the bottom of the garden, we found a couple of Victorian tiles. Similar tiles to the original ones used to make the fireplace hearth in our spare bedroom.

This is the most up-to-date pic so far. Most of the railings have now been removed. We're currently in discussions with a tree surgeon to have the big sycamore taken down.

Oh yeah, my folks got us a security light and my Dad and I fitted it above the french doors. After some fiddling it now works a treat.

That's all for now.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011


For a while now our garden has been getting a bit of a much deserved makeover. In the process of said makeover, the following 2 specimens were discovered. The first one was quite honestly the biggest real life (not on telly) spider I've ever seen. It's on a spade to give some perspective.

This little fella speaks for itself.