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I decided I wanted to sort the permanent mess outside my back door once and for all. We were also experiencing a surprisingly pleasant summer, so if I didn't sort it now, it would be another year before I could get it done:
I started digging down and laid a course of hardcore. The huge granite rock you see has been in the garden since I bought the house, I haven't had the heart of energy to get rid of it!
String lines set the level:
It would have made far more sense to get hardcore and sand delivered by the tonne, however I ended up going with 20-25kg bags bought locally:
I went with tumbled granite setts, bought from Natural Stone Ireland outside Kells. Absolutely beautiful pieces:
I began laying the outside course in cement mortar, 3:1:
Then a dry mix of cement and course sand, 8:1:
Another string line was dragged down the courses as I progressed to maintain the levels left to right:
I kept going right up to sun-down.
I then laid some white stones either side, in which I will likely set some green plants. I used pointing fuge to fill the gaps between the setts, which sets hard after a few days and binds everything together:
See a timelapse of the process here: