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The sawmill that supplied me with my shed recommended a stable coating (as in horses), although water based it protects for a minimum of three years. They supplied it in clear or with a hint of green. The colour and consistency is like working with ditch water but it did the job. :)

I can't remember the make by I know Protek produce one that is similar.
 
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Hi,

Many thanks Sheal for your information which I appreciate. :) (y)

I treated the first hut with Barrettine;

https://www.toolstation.com/wood-protective-treatment-preserver-5l/p68513

I've had a look at the Protek you kindly mention;

https://www.gardenstreet.co.uk/sheds-garden-structures-c1/sheds-c235/paints-stains-c149/protek-stable-coat-p2091

I thought I'd try the Protek and was about to order 10L until I realized the Barrettine is oil/solvent based whereas the Protek is water based so I've just bought 10L of Barrettine from Toolstation and with luck it will be delivered tomorrow? Both my huts will then have the same treatment. I hope we get better weather in order to dry the huts out.

More progress has been made and more work still to do as seen below. I'm rained and hailed off today. GRRRR.

Kind regards, Colin.

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The gap between wall and hut is prone to filling with leaves and debris which eventually cause rot to the hut bottom boards so yesterday I added a cover; the gap to the back of the hut is much more accessible so can be left open.

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This is the next job; at the moment it's quite dangerous so I need to sort this corner out to add safe footing; I'll possibly extend the low wall to support a paving flag; just to the left is a mature oak tree and the path is very steep.

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The only level places in the garden are the flags to both huts; this steep garden sure is tiring.
 

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Nice work Colin, that's a good idea to put the cover over the gap.
Yes it would be a good idea to put some steps in as well.
 
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With the amount of rain you have it's probably a wise choice to buy the Barrettine.

I was just looking at your soil, it looks so dry. I suppose most of the rain runs off before soaking in?
 

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Hi,

Thanks Logan. I want some dry weather then I can build the steps.

The Barrettine is due to arrive today Sheal but I wonder if it will dry up enough for me to apply it. Yes our soil is often dry and dusty which given our rainfall seems very strange; it's dark; miserable and still raining as I type but if the rain quits for a couple of hours the soil will dry out very quickly indeed; everything runs off our garden and heads to the valley bottom; when I fell a tree and cut it into logs I've got to be careful otherwise the logs disappear at speed and could prove highly dangerous; I can't even place a mug of tea on the ground. Last year we spent a lot of money on plants and shrubs only then to suffer a very rare drought; I tried carrying watering cans up the garden but this was incredibly tiring so I tried using the hose pipe and it was depressing as I stood there for ages with the hose watching the water form small streams as it headed down the valley but even worse these small streams were cutting into the soil taking the soil along so I had to quit. I've put in lots of ground cover to prevent this soil erosion and Cerastium is proving brilliant quickly spreading; the ajuga has also spread and both of these are now in full bloom looking wonderful. The pachysandra isn't doing well at all though; I'm learning by trial and error finding out what does and doesn't grow in our gardens.

Kind regards, Colin.
 
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It's not easy gardening on a hillside. I'm surprised the builders didn't terrace the gardens...but there again they probably wouldn't give up the time or money to do it.

I took this picture of someone's garden below, close to the area I was renting in when I first moved up here to the Highlands. It's amazing what you can achieve but hard work on the body. :) I now have my own place that is on a slope but fairly easy to work with.

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Hi,

WOW Sheal that garden isn't just steep it's ballistic. Whomever did all the work full credit it's richly deserved and I bet involved a lot of pain. I wouldn't ever terrace our garden because it goes uphill from the kitchen window so all we would see would be retaining walls; had it gone downhill then yes it would have been well worth terracing. Thanks for adding the picture which really cheers me up knowing I'm not alone. Our garden isn't as steep as that one but its plenty steep enough.

Kind regards, Colin.
 
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I thought you might appreciate it Colin. Just the thought of walking up and down all those steps puts me off. :)

I wouldn't ever terrace our garden because it goes uphill from the kitchen window so all we would see would be retaining walls;
Yes, I hadn't though of it that way.
 

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Hi,

The first thought that struck me when I looked at all those steps Sheal; get to the top and say "Oh dear I've left my tape measure in the workshop". :cry:

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Hi,

A cold dark morning here this morning so do I sit at the keyboard and moan about the weather? Fed up of being dictated to by the weather I wrapped up well and got cracking; I soon forgot about the cold as I mixed the mortar and started lifting stones; I've just knocked off for dinner and outside its not only dark it feels like rain is due which is normal. I find the hardest part is getting off my backside to venture into the cold but at least I've got something to show for this morning as seen below. :D

Kind regards, Colin.

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This corner was quite dangerous so needed sorting out.

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This mornings work building the supporting wall.

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Looking promising; the back of the wall will be filled with rubble then a paving flag will finish the job; it will look a lot better once completed; it's been difficult determining levels due to the sloping garden. in spite of the weather I've enjoyed this morning and if it doesn't rain work will resume after dinner. I'm using stones we have to hand. The mortar mix is 4 parts sharp sand and 1 part Portland cement with just enough water to make it workable; the finish is trowel then as it dries a bit it's brushed with a soft brush.
 

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Hi,

Many thanks mgmine; Logan and Sheal; much appreciated and I've now done more with a bit yet to completely finish the job.

Kind regards, Colin.

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First thing this morning. It was cold outside and I didn't fancy doing anything.

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I got off my backside and stopped moaning about the weather making an early start this morning; this is the result. More work yet to do but I'm too tired to carry on so have just knocked off. The new flags are yet to be bedded in mortar hence they look low; the the left of the flags there is just enough space between the flags and oak tree to make a sloping pathway. I'll let everything settle down before bedding the flags but next job will be the new pathway. The sun is finally shining but expected because I'm now indoors; I thought it was going to pour with rain earlier. I'll add finish pictures in due course.
 
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Hi,

Thanks for your compliment DrCase.

Thanks also mgmine. Thanks for asking; there's little by way of practical things I can't do; the hardest part is making a start. :)

This morning I cleared the area between the oak tree and the new hut so now the original path can continue without adding more steps.

Kind regards, Colin.

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How it was. Please note how quickly the soil has dried to dust in spite of plenty recent rain.

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How it now is with the new paving flags in position and the area between the oak tree and flags cleared diverting and extending the path.
A bit more tidying and job fully sorted at last. It's been interesting and mostly enjoyable but hard work.
 

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