In July, we had our lovely builder Ben back to carry out some work on our front steps. When we had the new patterned concrete path laid some years ago, we asked the company to edge the steps in red brick to match the house.
Of course we had bricks available for them to use. But over the years the bricks had worn and crumbled as the postman and delivery drivers stand on the edge of the steps instead of in the middle. There were becoming a danger to anyone using them.
Here they are in 2014 – fully colonised by campanula and alchemilla mollis.
Starting to show other signs of wear in 2016.
So Ben has been around to replace them with engineering bricks – which we should have used in the first place. As they are slightly larger in size than the originals, Ben had to cut away some of the decorative concrete.
Purely a coincidence, but Ben’s dad works for the company that laid the concrete, and remembers working on our path and drive, and then again on our patio.
So for a few days, while the mortar set hard, we had to keep visitors away from the front door and request they leave any post/packages/deliveries by the back door instead.
Do you think they got the message?
And here they are – clean and whole again.