Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Follow The Red-Brick Road?


I have mentioned a couple of times here that I have been collecting sea-tumbled bricks.


For the past couple of years I have been going to 'my secret stash'


in Halifax and taking them back home to the garden.


Since they can be heavy and have to be lugged
 in a knapsack all the way back to the car,


a few at a time, it has taken a while to accumulate a few.


I started in this area last year and got back at it last weekend
with Sophie supervising!


I love how they are beginning to look and I think I have found
the right kind of sand/gravel mix to hold them in place.


I really like to do this kind of thing. It is a labour of love I guess.


It is a pretty big area (wherever you see gray gravel) to cover.


And I have a ways to go...as you can see behind me here.


But hey! Am I in a rush? No I am not. This week I will return
to my 'hidden stash' and bring home a few more.


The bricks are much like tumbled sea-glass.....
smooth around the edges and all different shapes.


This is the area in the backyard garden being done with the brick.
I have just a small part done and will need a lot more of these bricks.
Hey maybe I could hire a fit team of some sort to fill up the trunk
of the car some day.......hm-m-m.
Or maybe not, just moving ahead a little bit at a time as needed.



24 comments:

  1. Better look over your shoulder - I might be following you to learn where that stash is! Poor Sophie, still wearing her cone...

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    1. LOL! Thanks for the warning Barb!
      One more week at night for her.......and that ought to be it!
      How's that warm, dry desert sun treating you?

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  2. I do like the idea of you paving "your own way"...
    They look interesting.
    Where do you suppose they come from?
    BTW, Sophie took great pictures of you and your work,
    despite the cone...

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    1. YUK YUK YUK! And so alert so early!
      Well I figure they were thrown into the ocean after demolition of old properties along the shore over the years. You would be surprised how m,any come ashore with the tide.
      Sophie's cone is for night time only for one more week!! YEAH!

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  3. Love your project, and can totally appreciate just how long it takes to get one of these done. We also have a secret stash up at our cabin, and a very long walkway in progress... slow progress. What is Sophie doing with that collar on her. I have missed out... did something happen to her. Hopefully she is fine and definitely looks as if she was having no problems supervising. Great shots of you and your project.!

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    1. Thanks Jeanne! Slow but sure, I say.
      Sophie had an infection in her bladder 3 weeks ago that spread externally as well. She was 'at it' all the time. So after 2 bouts of antibiotics and twice daily applications of antibiotic soap, rinse and applying an antibiotic powder...she just got back from the vet and it is 'almost' gone externally. One more week of the powder should do it!! Thus the cone which she become quite used too.

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  4. How neat! And your work looks good! When I was 11 or 12. We had a spot in the garden I called. "The Drive in Movie" and it was mostly dirt (which was fine until it rained.) I spent one whole summer searching around the neighborhood looking for bricks to pave it in. I agree there is something peaceful and rhythmicly satisfying doing the project piece by piece! I hope you get your area done, it's going to look fab with those tumbled bricks!

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    1. You are such an 'old soul' Mick. Thanks for the encouragement! I could have consulted with the 'pro' before I started!!
      It IS very satisfying work indeed.

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    1. Hey Kathy! Just a little project here. I am sure you can relate to having a few of these projects, right Kathy!!lol

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    1. Thanks Debra! Yes, I think it will look good when completed....I can visualize it now.....

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  7. I LOVE THIS

    I love the life thinking that you know what you want. Instead of going out and buying it, you are creating it.

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    1. Oh thanks, Marti. I remember a few years ago when I saw these on our walk and I thought 'I could use these in the garden'.....somewhere. I personally prefer this look than the new perfect ones which just wouldn't fit in our very imperfect garden.

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  8. I really like that - nice 'homey' touch. Yep, get some help, JMHO.

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    1. 'Homey' we are here! But it does suit our garden....very eclectic jungle!
      I hear you Sharon about getting help but we are being very careful. I'll see if I can recruit an extra pair of hands.

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  9. wow...this is going to be fantastic when it is finished!!!

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    1. LOL! Yes, when it's finished!! But I'm in no rush really, I enjoy the process.

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  10. It's lovely! So cool that you are collecting them brick by brick.
    Hugs to Sophie.

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    1. I like it too, Terry. It's a unique way to do it but it will 'entertain' me for a couple of years....brick by brick.

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  11. It's beautiful, Jim. I love those tumbled bricks. You do a really nice job.

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  12. I also love the job you have done with the tumbled bricks. If you have any left over, I think they would look very nice in my garden too. Bring some to Georgia, would you? HA! You shouldn't be so good at it!!

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    1. Kay, I'll see what I can do!!
      I bet if you looked around you may find find your own 'secret stash'!!

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