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First day on site

Posted by James Wong on 06 May 2010 at 12:19 AM

Phew! What a whirlwind couple of days.

So, this morning was the day of reckoning - the first day we had access to the site. It was great to see our plot on the end of Main Avenue, sheltered on three sides by pavillions and giant London plane trees. One of David and my key concerns has always been the wind and sun damage that our spoilt, greenhouse-grown tropical plants could be susceptible to once planted out, and thankfully it looks like we have one of the most sheltered locations of the show.

From a rectangle of green grass this morning, the site has been marked out and the surface turf stripped away to reveal our flat of bare earth canvas. The site was then leveled and the foundations for our boundary walls laid. We have also unloaded a whole range of very cool boys toys, tonka trucks and a huge amount of various materials, aggregates, etc. Makes me wish I had a licence to drive them around!

Tomorrow, the real progress starts with the excavation of the pool and the raising of the first walls. I can't tell you how exciting it is to see this all finally coming together.

Back tomorrow (hopefully) with more updates....

Best,

James

 

Comments

Kitty_Le said:

Whoop whoop....updates!!! How exciting! keep the pictures coming, the plants/trees you're using look fabulous. Now if you could just come and recreate the same in my back garden including a hammock and a cocktail I'll be eternally grateful! =) Had a look at the sketch just now, any changes to the plan so far or is it going exactly as drawn? I can't wait to see the finished design...the idea reminds me of Vietnam, I was there travelling last year and due to go back this November, I want Vietnam in my garden =( ...... If you ever need a tea maker/mud picker upper/gopher/buttercup remover/plaster allocator....I'm there with bells on. Very jealous of the opportunity you guys have. Bestestestish wishes, Heidi =p

on 06 May 2010 at 06:15 PM

Kitty_Le said:

Whoop whoop.....updates!!! How exciting....i'm absolutely loving the beautiful plants you're using, it reminds me of Vietnam where i was travelling last year. Due to go back this November and I can't wait....Now if you could both just come and recreate this in my back garden including a hammock and a cocktail, I'll be eternally grateful!! =) Had a squizz at the sketch....everything going exactly as planned? have you had to make any changes so far? If you ever need a gopher/tea maker/ mud picker upper/ buttercup remover/ first aid plaster allocator...I'm there with bells on, I'm very jealous of what you guys are doing. Best wishes, keep the updates coming. it's fanta-stick! =) laters....Heidi =)

on 06 May 2010 at 06:19 PM

Kitty_Le said:

Whoop whoop.....updates!!! How exciting....i'm absolutely loving the beautiful plants you're using, it reminds me of Vietnam where i was travelling last year. Due to go back this November and I can't wait....Now if you could both just come and recreate this in my back garden including a hammock and a cocktail, I'll be eternally grateful!! =) Had a squizz at the sketch....everything going exactly as planned? have you had to make any changes so far? If you ever need a gopher/tea maker/ mud picker upper/ buttercup remover/ first aid plaster allocator...I'm there with bells on, I'm very jealous of what you guys are doing. Best wishes, keep the updates coming. it's fanta-stick! =) laters....Heidi =)

on 06 May 2010 at 06:20 PM

Sheila Stanley said:

Just wondering - will there be water plants in the pond? Or would the water temp be too cold for tropical/equatorial species?

on 10 May 2010 at 01:37 AM