5/366: getting stoned on our anniversary

It’s not what you think, but a worthier pursuit, finishing the garden path with the purchase of a number of bags of river pebbles to complete the task. It was a satisfying way to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary while my husband toiled away at work.

Unfortunately I had to go back to Bunnings as my estimate was incorrect, and I required two extra bags. The whole project came in at eleven bags, just under $250.

3/366: leading you up the garden path

Continuing on the path, these pavers are surrounded by smaller, creamy-coloured river pebbles. These bags weigh 10kgs each and cost $20.99 each,  available exclusively  from Bunnings. The distributor is Tuscan Path P/L  and I chose the smaller size  15-20mm to create a stronger contrast with the brick edging and the rectangular pavers.

The bricks are original leftover house bricks from when our house was constructed, and they have been used in previous garden edges in the front garden – recycling them once again. The pavers were used as our original patio way back in 1986. That’s the beauty of stone – it is almost everlasting. Of course, my initial plan to only recycle has been foiled with the purchase of the pebbles, but it will be worth the estimated $300 to complete the task. After all, I can see this garden from the bedroom, and it is nice to look out over it each morning as I open the curtains.


My garden is in a constant state of evolution; needs change, plants grow and we need to be re-evaluating often. I love the planning and implementation of new ideas, as it is such a satisfying form of creativity.

bunnings bonanza

Will miracles never cease? I achieved two major things the other day:

1: I went to Bunnings with a list of three items: fluorescent globe for the bathroom, spakfilla for painting preparation, and finally, tomato stakes for the garden.

Though I saw many, many items I could have easily bought, with the justification of “I needed them” or “It’s a practical purchase so it doesn’t count,” I was really pleased with myself because I ONLY PURCHASED WHAT WAS ON THE LIST! Anybody knowing me would realise what a feat that was.

2: Then I used all three items ON THE SAME DAY I BOUGHT THEM! I have been known to buy equipment for future projects that sit for years in the shed, garage or studio, and sometimes never come to light. For example, I still intend to mosaic that bird bath from how many years ago?

Firstly, I used my trusty best-ever birthday present of my cordless screwdriver/drill, and played handi sandi, taking the light fitting apart and replacing the globe successfully. To check I had the correct globe, I had taken a piece of string the right length with me to Bunnings.

Secondly, I used the filler to patch the wall I am going to paint later this week. Preparation is the key for painting, and having a smooth hole-free surface helps.

Thirdly, I put the two black stakes in the pot under the bay window, having chosen pretty ones because they were so near the house, then put together the green plastic one and placed it around the tomato plant near the shed, satisfied with the achievements of the morning.