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And it's Monday, 5th August 2013...

Time flying again...  i finally got my A-into-G, got some plastic interlock tiles and sorted out the entrance into the front garden and the bins.   Had to strip the pebbles from the right side [under the bins], as i wanted something smoother and level for the bin area; that was a bitch!  My lovely neighbour took out a couple of old roots from the left side and i pinned membrane down before covering it in the pebbles.  Luckily there was enough sand left on the right to go under the tiles and it was a simple matter to lay them.  The area is just long enough for the three bins. They look good, non?
You can see from the last shot from the gate, coming into the garden, that the major part of the area still need paving.  i have the membrane but still need to buy sand and the thrice-accursed paving slabs.  Problem here is that the street access is against me.  If they dump the sand on the street path, i will need to shift it all into the garden.  i'm told i can borrow a wheelbarrow, which would enable me to do it, but i'll need to shovel it into said w/b and trundle it down the Mews.  i'm the last in the row, of course!  i can have all the membrane down and ready - i'll have to prise up the pavers that are already there and level the ground as much as i can, before i do that.  If i can buy the necessary extra pavers too, it could be accomplished fairly easily...  i guess i could stack them against the walls, as i want to leave a strip the width of the one by the gate, all the way round the area.  All i need is about £200 for the sand and pavers. Yeah, right.

It goes against the grain to pour money into/onto this project, as it is not my garden or my house; it is Council property.  They will happily 'allow' me to do this, as they have no intention of helping one jot or iota.  Will Beavitt, our Estate Champion, is a total sweetie and will help as much as he can, viz. wheelbarrow, borrowed from the local Ranger, but he isn't really allowed.  It purely drags at my intention as i REALLY hate pouring money into this, like water down the drain, as the only people who gain from my money and effort will be the Council and the tenants who come after me.  Just be my luck, they'd be keen gardeners and want to dig it all up!!
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i still have a problem with the corner of the proposed area to be done, the old vine still lurking like a reluctant Triffid, just as tenacious and difficult to move.  i keep having a hack at it but will probably need Lovely Neighbour to shift it.  He didn't try to shift much of it the first time round... sounds niggardly, i know as he made such a great job of clearing the area initially, but i wish he'd stuck to his guns and got it out.  You can see how old this bloody thing is...and that it is still alive!  In spite of the gallons of plant poison i pour on it...  Ah me.  i'll need a saw to cut off the bits at the top of the cinderblock wall, they're too thick for my ratchet secateurs.  So, i'll keep hacking, i guess...
Later, guys.
Toodles!
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embers_log
Aug. 5th, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
It does look very neat and well organized.
I feel much the same way in my rental property: I'll fix up a few things if they are inexpensive and I really want it for my own convenience... but other wise I just bug the landlord (and usually get no where...).
OTOH my brother owns his own home and it can cost him a fortune in upkeep (which is absolutely necessary if he ever hopes to get any of his money out of it).

lovejames
Aug. 6th, 2013 12:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
lovejames
Aug. 7th, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
i guess i expected more from a Council landlord, where tenants don't have much money - which is why they are living in Council flats/houses! i started looking at paving the area to put in a protective little cover/garage for my mobility scooter and it needs a flat, firm surface to be installed. Bumpy gardens don't cut it.
i'd be happy to do work on my own place, especially as i wouldn't be looking to move any time soon, but that's never going to happen.
embers_log
Aug. 7th, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
I am really surprised that you can't get the council to build some kind of cover for your mobility scooter, that seems like a necessary disability need.
lovejames
Aug. 7th, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
NHS & Council have weird yardsticks and when i moved the ILS lady [who help run the Sheltered accommodation] who organised the move, said there was a cover going spare and i could have it when i was ready - she was also the one who said someone would do the gardening for me! As you may gather, the cover didn't eventuate either. She really had no authority to make either offer and given her boss severely disliked me, she should have kept her mouth shut. It is possible she thought she could wangle a gardener but i moved into ordinary Council stock, not Sheltered accommodation, where it may have been possible. It does leave a slightly nasty taste in the mouth as i feel i was lied to, so i would be inclined to take the flat and they would be rid of me. If i had been told up front that i would have to organise and pay for my own gardener, i may not have taken it as i don't Do Gardening. i can't kneel, or bend easily. Sue had been told repeatedly No Gardening.
i will probably move back into Sheltered at some stage. You can help slow down the deterioration of arthritis and even have plateau/remission periods, but you cannot stop the destruction. If i am promised anything by the ILS in future, i want it in writing - before i move.
The Council may be of the view that since i get DLA, with the higher mobility rate, i can damn well pay for myself! Who knows?!

embers_log
Aug. 7th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
Well it does seem very unfair; don't they have any kind of over-sight? Because lying to people about benefits seems like something that should be illegal.

But yeah, be sure to always get things in writing in the future! I know that I've insulted some apartment managers by my insisting on listing all the damage/stains and problems that pre-existed in an apartment when I moved in, but all too often those managers leave and their replacements would probably not have believed me when I say I didn't cause those things. Much better to have it documented.
stretfordditto
Aug. 7th, 2013 06:34 am (UTC)
I luv how tenacious that old Ivy is! Can't you just leave that little bit? :D It's looking good anyways, but disgusting that the Council expect you to do the work/foot the bill. :( I have the same problem with a huge long forthbridge type hedge, I haven't got the stamina to tackle it myself and bribe family members/friends/anybody to do it for me, I wouldn't like to think how much it's cost me over the years!
lovejames
Aug. 7th, 2013 01:25 pm (UTC)
i don't mind ivy hanging down from above, if it's kept under control but when it starts thinking it's a tree, i take issue! You can see just how thick [and unattractive] this all is and of course, just how hard it is to get rid of it. You can see by the little green leaves that this horrible 'hairy' brown mass, it is still alive and trying to spread. Ivy is a thug, just like the dreadful leylandiai [no idea how to spell it!] and mint, which will take over your garden, if you take your eye off them for a minute!
stretfordditto
Aug. 7th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
They are thugs it's true, I put a large leaved Ivy in at my son's which is where I now garden, but I was away from there a year or two and when I came back it had taken over everywhere, even the lawn, just all Ivy! Leylandii is okay if trimmed twice a year but a privet hedge is much nicer. I keep Mint in a pot! Our thug around here is Bindweed, pure white and deadly. :D Your area is looking good anyways, but I still can't believe the Council expect you to do it, the expense and the actual physicality of doing it would deter me from start go. :(
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