Been a while since I posted about the house and the garden (well, technically it’s been a while since I posted about much at all). Anyway, in March I moaned about some stuff. One of those issues was the brickwork around the base of the house. A nice gentleman posted a comment which I took seriously. We actually got the plumbing in the bathroom sorted out first, because it was easier. However, we asked around some friends for builders / brickies they trusted, and one of them popped around yesterday and confirmed it is frost damage, and it’s not a big job for him to fix. He’s sending us a quote.
There’s no way I’d have the confidence to fix it myself, and we need some re-pointing doing as well. One of the bricks is partially under the path so we’ll need some cold tarmac as well. Anyway, pleased we finally started the process of getting it sorted – he suggested once he’s fixed them up we coat them with silicon to keep the frost out.
Here’s the before shots so you know what frost damage bricks look like, and so I can remember how bad it was after we get them fixed.
Some of these are a little out of focus, sorry about that, it was cold and I was in a rush (to get the car sorted and get to work).
Our tree – looking like someone dusted it with icing sugar.
Our poor willow tree – small but feisty, looks so sad despite the natural decorations.
Couldn’t get this close-up (of one of the last remaining leaves on the willow) to work well – my hands were too shaky in the cold.
Nature’s natural Christmas decorations – frozen spider webs.
Spider webs up-close (sorry for the terrible photography).
Totally clear night last night (Saturday to Sunday, since technically I’m writing this on Monday morning), so it was always going to be cold. The frost this morning though was amazing. On the shed roof it looked a little like snow, but the grass and leaves on the ground looked like they’ve been coated in sugar.
Tried to get some shots, but not really pleased with how they came out. I’ve whacked a Picasa album up (including the shots of the snow we had recently) which you can see over here.
Here’s my favourite shot though (click for full size) and check out the album above for a couple more.