The huge granite slabs
Show some of the tool marks and drill marks used to split the granite, by plugging the drill holes with timber dowels, then soaking them with water, the expansion of the timber inside causes so much pressure that the granite splits open. The job lot of Granite came from a quarry near Bodmin Moor, and included cubed hedging stones,,and around 18 huge slabs earmarked for steps. Unfortunately the quarry was closing down, which is why I probably got the lot for a steal

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  • Here the use of Natural Stone
works very well in creating a pleasing entrance to this property and garden, softened by the fragrant lavender draping and tumbling over the granite

    ,The chunky granite steps are softened by the fragrant lavender draping and tumbling over the granite releasing the fragrance as you brush by it


  • My own Garden in need of some TLC as it has been down since the 90's and a bit of a mismatch of varying materials

    My own Garden in need of some TLC as it has been down since the 90's and a bit of a mismatch of varying materials

  • Purbeck Reclaimed paving and granite setts and a few cobbles create this cottage feel

    Purbeck Reclaimed paving and granite setts and a few cobbles create this cottage feel.

  • With the lavender cut back it reveals the art of the quarrymen as they split the huge chunks of granite 'God's Concrete'

    With the lavender cut back it reveals the art of the quarrymen as they split the huge chunks of granite 'God's Concrete'

  • An up-cycled Victorian/Edwardian garden bench found with a brocken leg that a bit of ingenuity fixed, contact me if you would like to know how.

    An up-cycled Victorian/Edwardian garden bench found with a brocken leg that a bit of ingenuity fixed, contact me if you would like to know how.

  • When I sw the pidgeon perched on top of the wooden mushroom, I just had totake a picture. Now I don't know why it' just a b.....dy pidgeon after all

    When I sw the pidgeon perched on top of the wooden mushroom, I just had totake a picture. Now I don't know why it' just a b.....dy pidgeon after all

  • It's always pleasure to come home to

    It's always pleasure to come home to

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Being in the right spot at the right time Is something you just can't make happen; it just does!

The Paving here was sourced from one of those in the right place at the right time moments, which in this instance was at what was once, Endsleigh Garden Centre.

The Manager of the hard landscaping products received a call while I was sat in his office,  if he  would be interested in the reclaimed Purbeck paving that was in the callers possession. It had been taken up from around the Isle of White Hospital. On hearing that he wouldn't be interested, I chirped up that I would be.

The chap offering the job lot was a retired Farmer who had sold his Farm on the Isle of White and had recently moved to the end property in Court Road Newton Ferrers. 

Now in the process of moving to the Hoe., he needed to get it moved quickly. Well ¬£100 lighter in the pocket and 4.5  tons and two trailer trips later, here it is! Unfortunately not quite enough paving for the area it was destined for, hence the granite setts also a job lot, and some left over York stone paving, but it works for us and it's how many cottages were built, utilising all materials that were available and at hand, it's what gives them the character and idiosyncratic charm.

 Purbeck Stone comes from quarries in Dorset 

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