A gloriously sunny winter's day today, ideal for a little bit of brick-laying and mortar work upgrading the path through our warm borders. I decided a few weeks back to use up a pallet or two of our lovely 100 year old handmade bricks for this purpose. I have been storing around 10,000 of these extraordinary bricks since 1994, hiding them underneath Rhododendrons waiting for ways to use them.
One of the joys of gardening in Melbourne is occasionally finding these rare bricks in second hand brick yards. Which of course I find impossible to drive past without checking. Brickies hate them! They're all different colours and all different sizes and if that wasn't bad enough - they do not have 'frogs'. A frog is that hollow in the top which serves to hold a slippery brick in a newly laid wall. Without frogs, bricks want to flick right out of fresh mortar (with some weight on it) much as a squeezed apple pip shoots out from between ones fingers.
So next time you visit and you are strolling along the warm borders, please slow down to admire Mitch's handy work.
Mitch laying the last brick
While you are at it, you could also pause to inspect Simon Donald's brick-laying. Simon constructed the archways each side of the Maple Court using handmade bricks all the way. Bricks wanting to pop off in all directions for hours until the mortar had settled down and cured. Simon enjoyed himself immensely on those archways. (Not really!) By the way, the Maple Court arches are one of the very few things I have copied from another (rather famous) garden. If anyone emails back telling me which garden - they'll earn themselves a prize!
Simon Donald's brick-laying
Here's to Spring just around the corner and all sorts of good things happening.
See you in the garden,