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Our Diary for Hilarys Maresfield Project
 
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We started the following works with Hilary Ivey Garden Design on Mon 8th Sept 2003.

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2 days in and Peter has transformed the garden!

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new steps are hewn out of the bank

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circular paving arrive and stacked for use

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The hardwood sleepers have arrived

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Footings dug out

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footings mass filled with concrete

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materials are being stacked for next week!

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A view looking down!

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and again, showing all roughly dug out!

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steps are well under way!

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working upwards

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steps constructed securely one at a time!

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each with a swept brick riser

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Each slab has to be cut to fit!

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The main steps are really beginning to take shape!

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The upper platform is being marked out!

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All has to be made to fit perfectly!

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Peter is now 2 weeks into this project

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a lot of work has gone into these steps!

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Monday and slabs are fixed

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working down

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Peter secures each slab.

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Marc & Richard bring in more sleepers

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electric cabling is going in...

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Peter has pointed the steps....

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Richard & Marc start the lower level

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corner sleepers go in...

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Peter starts the lower wall..

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I just had to look down again!

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Wednesday and Peter continues with the walling...

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This will retain part of the bank behind...

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line of upright supports continue...

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each set in wet concrete.

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The wall sweeps upwards!

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Remaining upright sleepers are set in today Thursday...

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Sleepers on the way down! They are heavy!

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Peter has put in the headers..

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Here will be a set of sleeper steps.

more to follow in the next few days....

Friday and the sleeper wall goes in!

more to follow in the next few days....

Peter & Richard break for tea!!!

more to follow in the next few days....

this is up to Friday eve 19/09/03.

We are now 3 weeks into this project...

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Monday and being graded out!

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Peter cotinues with the brickwork

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Again sweeping down!!

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Rear right corner is being sorted...

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Rear sleepers are secured

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Sleeper steps are roughly placed

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Tuesday evening......

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Sleeper steps are secured firm

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3pm, Peter & Richard exhausted after all the lifting!

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Each sleeper step is drilled and pinned

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End of Wednesday and grading out of the lower steps

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The steps go up!

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Extra risers needed! We had to double up!

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These steps have proved a lot more difficult

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than I had imagined! A lot of awkward cutting!

These sleeper steps have taken Peter & Richard 3 days to build!! These have proved much harder than I expected! A couple of our other men were involved as well in some of the lifting and shifting of these very heavy hardwood sleepers!

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Peter has started on the retaining walls on Friday

 

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Monday and sleeper wall is secured!

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Ready almost for planting!

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Other side is started, awaiting sleeper delivery Tuesday!

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Steps being tidied and firmed..

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brick circle goes in

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sub base for paving

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fine grading!

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The view up has changed!

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Gently sweeping lower right...Tues eve

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Large truck load of well rotted horse manure was added to the beds today Wednesday!

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We are still being delayed awaiting for the very late arrival of railway sleepers ordered for Tuesday from Builder Centre!

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Steps nicely finished!

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upper terrace laid & jointed

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Stepping stones in, steps mulched

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Planting begins

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Hilary was with us today Friday!

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Sorry Hilary!!

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Planting to be completed next Monday...

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Now Monday. Tim caught on camera!

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Much of the planting

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has been completed by Hilary today

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Peter, Marc and Tim have been

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putting in the finishing touches

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to the hard landscaping.

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Stepping stones in

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Gravel placed

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All blends together!

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End of Monday. Looks really good!

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Tuesday and the turf goes down...

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We tidied and left on Wed 8th Oct

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