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A digger on site again!

by Clare Mansell
A digger on site again!

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. Our weekend has mostly been about digging… and what little boy (or big one!) doesn’t like having a mini-digger on hire for a couple of days?


We hired the digger to do the final push on a project we started nearly two years ago. Along our boundary we have an area that originally contained a very overgrown hedge and a flowerbed. The first time we viewed the house, I decide we needed to rip it out and turn it back to grass. It took us 4 years to even get near it (as we weren’t living in the house) and another 18 months from the start of the work till now. The ground was riddled with tree stumps, bricks, rubbish, patio slabs, gravel and very heavy clay soil.

Part of the delay was because we didn’t want to do anything to the garden whilst we had building work going on last year, another part because we simply can’t afford to tackle all the jobs we have at once (a contractor quoted £1200 for this job!) and finally because we weren’t sure we could actually get a digger on site without removing fencing. Then after some googling we discovered doorway diggers, which yes, you guessed it can fit through a doorway, or in our case a front gate… and so we hatched a plan!


After two days of digging and then leveling, the ground is finally clear of rubbish and we can think about sowing grass seed on it ready for the summer. The area is pretty big, about 20 metres by 5 metres and it’s also going to be really useful addition to the garden. Jim’s done a great job getting it this far (at a fraction of the cost of having someone in!) and I’m really looking forward to seeing it as a finished grass surface.


Tomorrow the digger is being collected and all the junk and tree roots are going to the dump. After that I’ll be researching grass seed, honestly I had no idea there were so many types for so many different sorts of lawns. You can even get custom mixes!


I think these two have quite enjoyed having a digger to play with for the last couple of days…

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Linking up with….


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
Living Arrows



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You Baby Me Mummy February 23, 2015 - 8:45 am

Such wonderful pictures. Your house looks incredible x

the house that never rests February 23, 2015 - 9:46 am

What a beautiful house and such an amazing view. We like to do our own improvements where we can too as it keeps the expense down. Beautiful pictures. 🙂

life as our little family February 23, 2015 - 9:54 am

What a transformation on the house. So much bigger. I look forward to seeing what you are doing with the garden. We need some inspiration. I love a good house/garden renovation #livingarrows

Carie February 23, 2015 - 11:36 am

Oh wow what a transformation – it’s going to be a lovely spot with grass over it in the summer, especially with what looks to be a rather gorgeous view!

Karen February 23, 2015 - 12:18 pm

Wow looks like a huge transformation already but can’t wait to see when it’s finnished. Looks like lots of fun as well as hard work x

Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk) February 23, 2015 - 1:35 pm

I think your 2 boys will miss the digger! Love the last photo =) #livingarrows

Vickie February 24, 2015 - 8:27 pm

Wow what an amazing transformation on your house! I’m looking forward to seeing the finished result with the garden too.

I wish I could offer some advice on the grass seed. We’ve been through several different types in trying to reseed our rock hard lawn area but nothing seems to take.

Emma T February 24, 2015 - 10:09 pm

Wow, your house is beautiful. Love the blue.

And yes, a digger is an amazing toy for any boy. When we had cement being laid on the farm, the digger came to wreck the existing concrete and remove it, level it out. N and his cousins pulled up chairs in the barn to watch!

claremansell@mac.com February 25, 2015 - 8:33 am

Thank you Emma, the house is an amazing sort of colour that changes with the light and can vary from blue to grey depending on the day!

Mary @ Over 40 and s Mum to One February 25, 2015 - 9:01 am

Monkey could tell you all about doorway diggers – we have seen them in a library book. Bet your son loved having one in his garden. Looks like it’s coming on well now. I envy you the space, will be fab.

Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy February 28, 2015 - 5:45 am

Wow!!! That looks like so much fun 🙂 You must feel so pleased that you’ve finally been able to get it done. These photos are amazing memories too for when Monkey grows up and sees he helped redesign the garden 😉

Hayley from Shutterflies March 1, 2015 - 2:45 pm

We hired a rotavator last year and my husband was literally beside himself with excitement. They never grow up do they?

I love the bokeh in that first photo. Lovely! x

WhatLauraLoves March 6, 2015 - 11:20 pm

Wow what an incredible transformation. You’re so lucky and have evidently spent a great deal of time and hard work on the garden and on your home. Looking forward to seeing the grass grow in your beautiful pictures xxx


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