There haven't been any house updates for a while - because I haven't been here so haven't done anything! However we did realise earlier this year that we were never going to find the time to lay our own patio, we've been in the house two years now (can I get a little "yay!" for that?) and still nowhere to sit outside, so I found a local garder who could come and do it, he even has a website so look up Character Gardens if you need a gardner. Lee and his team were friendly and the results are good!
Here's the obligatory before and after shots:
They also came and fitted us a garden gate, ours has always been hopeless and it actually fell off its hinges about 3 months ago. Now I have a shiny new one with a catch that goes "click" when you close it.
(and look, my lavender hedge is getting bigger!)