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Welcome to Andre's previous jungle

  1. Jun 14, 2012 #1
    It seems to be project time. This used to be my little front yard:

    vegetation.jpg

    So it was decided to redo it after Myrthe's birth. This was taken yesterday:

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/22026080/project1.jpg [Broken]

    and this at lunch time today. Dinand wants to help too

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/22026080/project3.jpg [Broken]

    I'll keep you posted
     
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  3. Jun 14, 2012 #2

    Evo

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    Oh dear!!
     
  4. Jun 14, 2012 #3

    turbo

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    My wife is in the years-long process of making our front lawn into a jungle. She splits up her perennials as they spread and swaps them with her friends and plants the new ones. She can't tell me what a particular plant is, but neither can her friends. If it is "pretty" that's good enough. I wish she would would proceed apace, so I don't have little patchy places to mow and weed-whack.
     
  5. Jun 14, 2012 #4

    drizzle

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    Can't wait to see the result, Andre!
     
  6. Jun 14, 2012 #5

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    Looks like you're making good progress. That was a lot of jungle to clear out. Carrying and mortaring all those bricks isn't that easy either.
     
  7. Jun 14, 2012 #6
    I hope it goes fast. Incidently the pots in the lower left corner contain the lily of the valley of the pic in the photo contest. I try to save them. Turbo, your spouse may have some.

    So this is the situation at the end of this day:

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/22026080/project4.jpg [Broken]

    Obviously there are tell tale signs that Dinand did help indeed.
     
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  8. Jun 14, 2012 #7
    Thanks Borg, yes it goes well. Luckily Dinands father is helping.
     
  9. Jun 15, 2012 #8
    So today started out with rain and we got to a late start. Then we had a few hours of productivity. But then it suddenly poured down hard.

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/22026080/project5.jpg [Broken]

    So I used the time to fight windmills in P&WA

    But the showers diminished and we could resume work to get here:

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/22026080/project6.jpg [Broken]

    waiting for the first neighbor, inquiring when the first show will be in our amphi-theatre.
     
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  10. Jun 15, 2012 #9
    What an ambitious project. I can't wait to see the progress reports.
     
  11. Jun 15, 2012 #10

    drizzle

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    Looks good so far Andre :D
     
  12. Jun 15, 2012 #11

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    Looking very nice Andre!
     
  13. Jun 15, 2012 #12

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    Looks nice! Now glue little dolls (like Barbie dolls) walking up and down and around the bricks...make it look like Escher's yard :biggrin:.
     
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  14. Jun 16, 2012 #13
    Splendid idea, Lisa! can Ken come too?

    Today was a day with other priorities, no visible progress, but a lot of planning indoors. Tomorrow should show more progress, if the weather cooperates.
     
  15. Jun 17, 2012 #14
    Another productive day today.

    It's not too hard to get here, just if you have good ways to get a perfect base, just carrying an awful lot of tiles.

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22026080/project7.jpg [Broken]

    But to get from there to here, cutting the bording tiles, one by one, that's the real job.

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22026080/project8.jpg [Broken]

    Now we need three more cubic meters of soil. That for another day :zzz:
     
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  16. Jun 17, 2012 #15

    drizzle

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    Wow Andre, looks good already! :D
     
  17. Jun 17, 2012 #16

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    Looks great Andre! I did a similar project in my yard in 2005 with 2 cubic yards of dirt so, I know what it's like to move that much dirt and stone.
     
  18. Jun 17, 2012 #17
    Nice. How did you level the ground?
     
  19. Jun 17, 2012 #18
    Thanks Gad, Borg, it's only the beginning. We changed the final destination from amphi-theater to bistro. Looking for the gadgets to order now.

    You can hire gadgets like this



    Only a little bit heavier. You equalize the ground along ropes with a slope of 1 : 100 for the rain water. Then lots of vibrating, then equalizing again, then all the tiles go on at once, and after all are in place, another round of vibrating.

    You can actually see at some places that the tiles in the penultimate picture are not perfectly level yet.
     
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  20. Jun 17, 2012 #19
    Hi Andre

    That looks very professional. Very nice work. So now you are going to invite us all over for a BBQ? :-)
     
  21. Jun 20, 2012 #20
    Thanks NQ, sure everybody is welcome.

    The project lingers on, the teraces filling up gradually with dirt.

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22026080/project9.jpg [Broken]

    That's coming from the back where the patio is being enlarged substantially as the kids complained about it being too small for parties.

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22026080/project10.jpg [Broken]

    Muscle ache is gone. Past that; I think I could apply for construction worker now.
     
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  22. Jun 21, 2012 #21
    So today Enrunwen and her nephew helped removing all the tiles, as you don't want to just enlarge the patio by adding another parcel. Moreover the tiles are slightly different. So the best thing is to redo the whole patio.

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22026080/project11.jpg [Broken]

    We continued in the evening to lay the most of the tiles, until the thunderstorm really got to heavy. No picture yet; that's due tomorrow.
     
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  23. Jun 21, 2012 #22
    No wonder it looks so good.
     
  24. Jun 28, 2012 #23
    Pebbles checking out how the the Bistro is nearing completion, although the planting will take some more time.

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22026080/project12.jpg [Broken]

    The first guests, this afternoon

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22026080/project13.jpg [Broken]
     
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  25. Jun 28, 2012 #24

    drizzle

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    Very nice :)
     
  26. Jun 28, 2012 #25

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    Excellent work.
     
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