From decking to lawn

We were both excited to see Saturday come round as it was going to be lawn day! Earlier in the week Das had ordered some artificial grass from a company called Tru-Lawn. Two years ago we’d been to one of the home shows at the Excel centre and found this company – they’d come round and given us a quote to lay the grass bringing some samples with them. For various reasons we never got them back in to actually lay the lawn but the samples stayed outside for the whole time. This summer Das said let’s do the grass and we went back to Tru-Lawn for the sole reason that the samples had remained in such good condition. Anyway due to the companies full schedule the guy recommended, that as we were laying grass on decking, to do it ourselves. So last week the grass, joining tape and glue all arrived.

Saturday morning we started at 8am clearing and cleaning the area. Then we started with the 4m width roll which was doing the main part of the area. It’s really heavy stuff… so we lined it up and then started with the cutting. We used a simple Stanley knife  (the guy warned we would need to regularly change the blades) and found out how to cut the grass (we found it easier cutting from the back as there are lines to follow and you make less mess cutting through the pile.) We then used 20mm tacks to ensure it was secure around the edges and special joining tape and glue to join the grass where we needed to. It took us 6 hours in total but I think we did a really good job! Afterwards we were certainly deserving of a drink so headed to a nice Italian hoping to have a late lunch (it was 3pm by this stage). Unfortunately the Italian restaurant was closed so we wandered down Upper Tooting Road stopping for  prosecco in the King’s Head and enjoying the sun in the garden. We decided to go back to Franco Manca but came across a new Lebanese called Usmania with tables out on the pavement. The menu looked scrummy so we decided to stay. The food was nice, nothing more than nice. Service was a little slow, overall it was a pleasant late lunch. Then home to enjoy some more prosecco whilst sitting in our new beanbags on the new lawn!

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Before
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Das lining the grass up
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Higgins being helpful
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Grass done!
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And with the planters and seating
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Lunch at Usmania
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And finally, relaxing in our beanbags
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Beautiful Orchids

Back in June I bought an orchid. I deliberated long and hard over the one that looked the healthiest and settled on this beauty.

Little did I know that appearances can be deceiving, much like my ‘before makeup’ and ‘after makeup’ moments.  Upon delving deeper into the world of orchids courtesy of YouTube, I found that the roots tell a much clearer story of the plants health, and mine was a little sad. With much love and care, the plant started to do well, the flowers lasted until September, and I then had to ask for Mum’s help. She’s a whizz with plants. I followed her advice and cut the flower stems back. And it seemed to come alive – a new leaf appeared and then another flower stem shot up from the side, along with the offshoots from the existing flower stems.

Then before I knew it, the flower stems started to form buds and finally, last night one opened!   I’m looking forward to seeing the rest open.