Lovely that the patio is finished. I apologise if the script is a different size again. It is entirely my fault - at present my hand is very shaky and try as I might I can't always hit the right place. Anyway, hopefully here is a picture of my finished patio:
The shadow in the bottom right hand corner is the shadow of the handrail. I am very happy with it and it is so nice and light after the very dark concrete and when the sun is shining it glitters here and there with quartz.
The next job to be tackled by my gardener is the removal of those two lopped evergreen trees - they are neither use nor ornament. Beyond them is the patch not yet planted which has been infested with Mares Tail weed. It has now had four lots of specialised week killer and in line with the instructions which came with the weedkiller I shall now plant it up with low growing rockery plants which cover quickly and my gardener will keep cutting back the Mares Tail next year as it grows through - hopefully weakening it. It has been so satisfying to get this major job done - and to look out of the patio and computer room windows on to a pleasant scene at last.
Puss has been around again and given everywhere a thorough inspection and is now sitting on the wall watching me. I know if I stand up she will go away quickly. Like Rachel with her 'stray' kitten I know that this cat has me weighed up perfectly. Not a stray at all, she is just passing through on her daily prowl. But hopefully she sees it as part of her job to keep my garden vermin-free.
It has been a pleasant day here today albeit cooler and more Autumnal - but dry and with hazy sunshine for most of the day. It is set to stay like this for most of the week ahead I believe. I look at the dreadful fires in America- how do they bear to live with the threat of this sort of thing hanging over them I wonder?