So I thought I'd just pop a few of them in even though they are from an earlier stage in the project - but they might help make sense in pulling different bits of it all together.
Getting the sandstone rubble out of the hole was jolly hard work. I could only manage about 2/3rds of a trug - and it went down to about 1/2 a trug by the end of a day.
Various friends helped with assorted jobs. Here Jackie and her daughter, Heather, are having a break from getting the small sharp stones out of the bottom prior to me putting the sand liner layer in.
The Nutty Gnome and Himself in the hole!
The large hole inthe top soil to the right of me is a test post hole for one leg of the tea house. If you look at how close the power cable is to the post hole, then the next photo will make sense in terms of the layout of the garden - honest!
You can see the cable and the edge of the post hole at the top left of the picture. The channel being dug is for the cable to be buried in after it has been wrapped in the bright yellow plastic - to make it obvious should I ever have the urge to dig up around there again! The mound of soil to the immediate right of the yellow is the 'island' which will eventually have 5 large stones on it surrounded by moss grass. The stream will run to the top side of the island and the rubble in the foreground is the foundations for one of the paths, which comes down the other side of the island.
The blue pipe will carry water from the bottom pond to the top one.
The stream will come out of the pond roughly where the top edge of the dark soil is on the left of the picture and the top bridge will cross the stream roughly where the spade is. Clear as mud eh?!