30/05/2018

ROCKS - a (mostly) true story in one hundred words


ROCKS


They had hoped to be in before Christmas – until workmen digging the foundations hit bedrock. A perfect base for our extension walls, they thought, but Building Regulations were inflexible. They had to dig down deeper, extract the rock, and pour concrete. It seemed total madness, but rules are rules, even in Ireland.

Then it snowed, the foundation ditch became a moat, and the caravan toilet froze solid.

Finally spring arrived, building work recommenced, and their spirits lifted – they had a garden to design. It made sense to start with a rockery – one thing they weren’t short of was rocks.
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This is almost a true story. My daughter and her husband are in the throes of renovating a cottage in Ireland, and the first photograph could (almost) have been taken in their garden. The one on the left was.

Thanks to Connie Gayer for the photograph which Rochelle posted on her blog at  https://rochellewisoff.com/ - from whence, if you follow the Blue Frog link, you can read other stories that are more likely to be Fictional.



37 comments:

  1. Dear Liz,

    I do see the similarity in the photos. Love the story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  2. Love that you were able to draw from reality!

    http://thewritetypeofteacher.blogspot.com/2018/05/friday-fictioneers-forest.html

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    1. Thanks Ms W - the second photo is of my son-in-law digging bedrock out of his garden.

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  3. Oh my goodness... sometimes that "little job" becomes so big!
    Love it...

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    1. It does, but the roof is on now so it's progressing.

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  4. I hope all was completed and good. A frozen toilet is just not acceptable!

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    1. They hope to be in by next Christmas!

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  5. It all seems so simple when you start out on a project, doesn't it? Good one.

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    1. The longest wait was - of course - for the paperwork.

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  6. Wow! That's tough going! Great story telling Liz and I love how you give them a happy ending with their garden to plan - gorgeous.
    BTW, did I spy you in The Writing Magazine June issue? Well done and big congrats - lovely piece

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    1. They are thoroughly enjoying their gardening while the professionals work on the cottage. And yes, it was me in WM - not that I've made any more sales because of it :(

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  7. Rules are rules... I see it all the time, solid bedrock being crushed for a ground... I always thought that bedrock was good.

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    1. So did my daughter, but the trench had to be a metre deep, come what may.

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  8. Great story, Liz. (Your poor daughter and son-in-law!!)

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. They've had some frustrations but they are loving living in Ireland. Alan was born there so they're surrounded by an extended family.

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  9. That reminds me of a story about a guy who complimented a farmer for his thick, tall, rock fence. It was the farmer's dump heap for all the rocks dug up while working the field.

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    1. The farmers in Tenerife do that too. In fact, the original peasant houses were built the same way.

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  10. a rock solid story. well done.

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    1. A rockery, several walls, and a flight of steps!

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  12. You can plan all you want, but something unexpected always happens.
    Nice recycling of the rocks!

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    1. The second photo is my son-in-law unearthing more to complete a wall!

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  13. For all that, they have the expectations of getting just the setup they want, I hope?
    Where we live you can dig down a l-o-n-g way til you find a pebble.

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    1. In the end it will be perfect.

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  14. Ooh, sounds like hard work! I'm sure the beautiful rockery will help to alleviate the bitter memories.

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    1. The rockery and the steps and the walls!

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  15. Sounds like hard work, probably need to unwind with something on the rocks ;-)

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    1. Haha, very clever! In fact they unwind with a pint of Guinness :)

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  16. I like that this story is almost factual. You describe the frustrations of a big project very well!

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