Showing posts from February, 2024

The Garden

 My bungalow sits on quite a large corner plot. I knew I had to deal with the garden ASAP it was definitely too large for me to cope with as I get older. Plus I didn't want to be a slave to it. The satellite photo has been taken from the internet and the quality isn't good.   I had 6 Landscape companies around to price up, I'd already prepared a detailed drawing and list of requirements regarding materials. The quotes to remove existing concrete paths, put a patio in the rear garden, level and landscape the  front and side gardens, as well as add another smaller driveway were incredible. They varied from £32K to £10K. I went with a local company who gave me a very detailed quote, so there would be no ambiguity regarding my specifications. Work started late April 2023, thank heavens we'd had a fairly dry winter which kept the mud from the huge piles of earth to a minimum. It took almost a week to level all the areas and lay the sub-base. I was shocked how much earth came

Hello and Welcome

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Tania and although I'm not new to blogging, I haven't written anything in a long while.  My life will be changing considerably over the next few weeks, so I thought I'd take you along on my journey, as I start life alone at 67 after 45 years of marriage. There is no animosity and we get on well together but  once the heating and other remedial works have been completed on my husbands new home, he will be moving out.  Fifteen months ago I bought my property, a two bedroomed detached bungalow,  knowing where my future was heading. It needed quite a bit of work which we did the vast majority of ourselves and the rest I called in the professionals.  I wanted something that was economical to run, something I could future proof and be comfortable in as I get older.  Although,  it's  not quite finished cosmetically, once my husband takes the furniture and other personal belongings, which are being stored here, I can get on with the rema