Yes the builders are gone! Well technically they have a couple of jobs in the front garden and to touch up paintwork, but the back garden it totally clear so we can actually start thinking about it being a garden again. Forget the shiny new kitchen, heating and all the other stuff, I can get to the greenhouse and water the pots.
After they left on Friday, this is what we were left with.
After the shock of actually having a garden that wasn't full of rubbish, or having builders everywhere a weekend of fencing was planned. It was a bank holiday in the UK, so three days to get it all done, protected and maybe start loosening the soil.
Saturday morning, it was clear that it was going to be a typical UK bank holiday with lots of rain. Between showers we only managed two panels on the neighbours side, not quite the first day we had planned.
Sunday was better and it was due to be clear, so we went for it.
Road side done, onto finishing the one with the neighbours. Legally I can build fences up to about 2.4m high, but always feel it is rude not to take the neighbours views into account. Lets face it as gardeners, light is extremely important to most of us, so can I really take all the light form someone's garden. We agreed privacy by the house would be good, but that they would prefer lower fences with trellis for the rest.
Ideally I would have continued the high fences another panel, especially given the cherry tree (don't get me started on that one).
Sadly that was it for the garden as on Monday it rained, and rained .......
Not quite as productive as I would have liked, but to have the whole garden fenced, to be able to see the size and how it works with the new bits is a start. My thoughts for the design are getting there and everything is looking good for a summer of gardening. Even I would struggle to make the garden look worse than it does at the moment.
Although one full day of shifting piles of fencing, hammering and garden clearing was probably not the most gentle way back into gardening after a year off.