Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sea Bricks



We walk quite a bit along shorelines.  Recently I noticed these discarded bricks being washed up at a city park, probably having been thrown into the sea some time ago instead of a landfill .


I loved the 'tumbled' look they have gotten from the constant action and movement of the tides.


I thought I'd like to do something with them at home in the garden.


After lugging a few home over the past two weeks, I started to 'play' with them in an area of the garden which was never completed a few years ago.


So I began to place them and thought they would look okay. They come in all shapes and sizes and there are plenty more being washed ashore.


I'm experimenting with the gravel/sand at this point and I suspect that I will have to go with 'crusher stone' to keep the bricks stationary. This substance is very effective when it hardens with the help of water/rain.


This area is quite large in the back garden and I will need a lot more of these tumbled gems from the sea. The weather is getting cooler here and will be perfect for this type of project.


30 comments:

  1. I like the idea of them set in with what we call crusher dust, that sort of hardens and is firm.The last photo has lovely contrasts, waiting to see it all finished.Happy carrying them home. Greetings from Jean.

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    1. If you could see where these bricks are Jean, you would think I was crazy to carry them home!! I was actually thinking of a 'dog-pack' for Sophie to assist with this! She ought to earn her keep, you know?
      Yes, I think it will be better with crushes dust for said reasons. Thanks.

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  2. They look beautiful in your garden.

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    1. They do actually, Pat. They fit in quite well. I figure this project will get done in the spring of 2013.....

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  3. Great idea, Jim, and a perfect time of year to tackle these projects. When the weather is cool, it motivates us to get outside and work in our garden. Show more photos as it comes along. This post also gives me ideas of what to do with sections of my garden where I want to strip out the lawn and add pathways.

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    1. It has been so humid and hot this summer, we have neglected the garden. So yes, this weather is perfect!
      I will show the progress of this as it moves along. Glad it gave you a few ideas too!

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  4. A great find Jim. Great you are able to put them to good use. :)

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    1. I thought so too, Nancy. I have wondered where they came from and figured some construction crew threw them 'overboard' when building new on the other side. They have to be a few years old considering their shape.

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  5. Ooooo, I like that very much, Jim! They look like old cobblestones because of their rounded edges and irregular shapes.

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    1. Debra, can you just imagine a labyrinth made from these? Of course you can!!!
      Hm-m-m....

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  6. what a fab idea, i love bringing stuff back from the beach thats been washed up, but bricks now that is a strange one, but your right the worn look they have makes them look really cute, im looking forward to watching your path grow as you find more over time.

    Charlene and Stormy
    xxx

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    1. Hey you two! I was surprised too to see them. They stood out along the shore and just HAD to be removed!! lol

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  7. Hey, that's cool! I really like that look. Definitely you. ;-)

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    1. 'Definitely me'?! Rounded around the edges and old!!! Well, Ms.Tennessee, we'll see about that!! lol

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    3. Artsy, thrifty, recycling, and yes soft around the edges. Old? I'm the old one!

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  8. I would have wanted to do the same thing. How beautiful. Have fun creating. I look forward to seeing the progress!

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    1. I was going to put the traditional patio blocks in this spot but when I saw these bricks I thought they would look better. It will take a while but I have a while.....

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  9. They look great as stones in the path. The more tumbled, less square ones look a bit like potatoes sitting on the ground. Have fun!

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    1. Hey you! You are right, they do look like potatoes! There are so many shapes and sizes....I got a few more yesterday. I think I WILL have some fun doing this.

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  10. You will have to make many more collectng trips to the beach. Lucky you! Plus you will have a happy memory of all your time at the beach right under your feet in your garden. Win-win.

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    1. I wish it was the 'local' beach! OR, I wish we had a boat so we could drive onto this beach and 'fill up'!! lol Yes, it will take some time considering the awkward place in which these little varmints are located! There is some hiking involved and this will get us in even better shape, which won't hurt too much!! lol

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  11. That is very cool! What a great idea. =)

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    1. It could look pretty good when all is completed, Vicki. I think I may 'hire' some kids to carry these suckers up the cliff and along the trail to the car. That way at least i'll have a good supply to get goin' with!

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  12. If some make lemonade when they get lemons, you get bricks and make a garden...
    Nice!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  13. Awesome--super idea!!!! The stones look excellent with the pea grave, well done amigo.

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    1. Hey Brian! A guy's got to keep busy, you know? See you both on Thursday!

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