Jigsaw Pieces

No doubt because of the lack of cloud cover, albeit much colder, Martin was able once more to tackle the patio paving project in bright sunshine this morning.

Having mixed his cement on the back drive he wheeled each load

down to the patio, smoothed it, and laid the slabs on it.

His pattern was soon beginning to shape up.

In the meantime Jackie and I took a short forest drive after shopping at Tesco.

Ponies were once more in evidence on the moorland at East Boldre.

This one was practicing their technique of flattening unwanted bracken in order to reach the grass beneath.

A sharp shower put a temporary stop to Martin’s work this afternoon, but at least we were able to see its colour when wet.

Contrary to appearances, our friend does not spend time texting friends. His pattern is worked out on his home computer.

He has transferred it to his phone to which he refers while placing the jigsaw parts because his printer doesn’t work. If he sends me an e-mail of the pattern I will be able to print it – mine currently produces incorrect colours, but for his purposes that won’t matter.

This evening we dined on smoked haddock cheese-centred fish cakes, Jackie’s piquant cauliflower cheese, and peas, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank Valle Central Reserva Privado Syrah 2021.


  1. I laughed when I saw that first photo. I knew what Martin was doing, if not exactly. I’ve watched carpenters doing their calculations the same way. I love seeing his analog toos (like the level) and the digital tool being used together.

  2. I’m going straight into supper. It sounds lovely and got me yearning for fish cakes it’s a while since we had any.

    I smiled at the printer using the wrong colours. Are you sure you have the cartridges in the right slot? ?

    PS. I’ve finally bought a new printer, I ought to print out a greetings card and compare the colours with the cards I sent to you.

  3. Oh that patio is going to be gorgeous! The “random” sizes are so gorgeous but must have been hard to figure out. A jigsaw puzzle indeed. Can’t wait to see it done.

  4. I’m glad to find you at your new address, Derrick. I was momentarily alarmed when your blog didn’t appear in my reader. Your patio pavers are taking shape nicely. I’m looking forward to seeing it come spring when you’ll no doubt have it surrounded by garden goodness.

    1. Thank you so much, Alys. I think the problems from transferring my site are getting resolved.

  5. That patio is going to look really good. As you have probably realized, I am a sucker for patios. Will you have chairs and table on the patio for outside dining and relaxing?

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