The water feature is now finished and awaiting the pump which is still in Melbourne in spite of daily promises of delivery. This morning the water was spilling over the rocks after heavy rain during the night and the owl in the tree outside my bedroom window was looking rather damp and cold as he sat huddled on a branch.
Now the work had shifted to building the path that will link two parts of the garden, expand the plantings and get rid of any grass except for the camomile patch. The space under the eucalypt is barren as nothing grows in this shady and dry area so paved, it will now be able to be used for a seat or table and chairs.
Alistair and Chris are shaping the stones and placing them individually to match shapes and to create an interesting winding path.
I am so grateful for the effort they are making to create a beautiful, tranquil space. There is so much to be said for good design, in this case from Catherine Shields and a tradesman’s eye for quality workmanship. I couldn’t go past Alastair and Chris for that.
Now that the weather has deteriorated, work has to stop because the mortar will not set in this rain, just as well as the temperature has plummeted and there is little joy in being outside in Hobart today. Snow is down to 400 metre mark on Mount Wellington and there is a gale alert for coastal waters.