This weekend I decided to experiment with the cracks in our paving around the pool. The paving was laid many years ago while the surrounding trees were small. Now that the trees have grown some of the paving has moved and cracked.
I quite like the rustic look it gives and I don’t want to lay any new paving because it will take away from the feel of the place. I will be filling most of the cracks with cement to stop any weeds growing through. Recently I saw a picture of some stone steps that had been built with some mosaic tiles between the stones and I wanted to try this in a crack to see the effect. I am quite ready to chop it all out again if I don’t like it.
First I had to buy cement – I never knew there were so many kinds so it was a little stressful deciding what product to use. Because some of the cracks were quite deep and wide I settled on a builders mix of cement and sand. When I got home I saw that it was packaged separately and because I didn’t want to mix up the whole bag at once, I had to estimate the mix – lets hope it doesn’t all crumble as soon as it rains.
After filling the crack with the cement mix, the Bean and I started laying mosaics, beads, stones and other interesting small items into the cement.
And this is what it looked like half way through
I took a few more photos after the cement had dried – now all I have to do is decide if it stays or gets chopped out again. Fred was very interested while we were laying the tiles and was rather jealous that the paving got so much “tickling” instead of him.
You can click on the thumbnails to have a closer look
What do you think?
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