Back in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, British TV had a bit of a love affair with makeover programmes ( ‘makeover’, in French, is ‘relooker’). ‘Changing rooms’ made stars of Laurence Llewellyn Bowen and Linda Barker and the MDF industry. A little later gardens all over the UK started sprouting decking after their owners had watched a series or two of ‘Ground Force’, with Alan Titchmarsh and Tommy Walsh for the women, and the famously bra-less Charlie Dimmock attracting male viewers.
Since we bought this house, we’ve been busy ‘Changing Rooms’ too, but only more recently turned our attention to the back yard. And now that too has its own bit of decking, thanks to our ‘Ground Force’ of two + the demolition team back in April. It’s still a work in progress. The awful oil tank has been ripped out (it’s found a new home in Belesta) and been replaced by a young olive tree. We have to source garden soil for the raised bed that we’ll use for herbs and good timber to finish the top off as an impromptu seat. There’s a pergola to build, for shade, and the knotty question of covering the concrete still remains. It’s too deep to dig up, several builders assure us.
But we’re proud of our progress so far. Watch the slide show and see what you think.