First steps


A full architect’s drawing was prepared, not on a drawing board but on the London to Liverpool train, which obligingly supplied a wavy component to any straight lines that were attempted. A Zen gardening book, bought with my own money from Foyle’s Charing Cross Road emporium, provided a number of ideas, many of which would not fit in the limited space available. Fortunately a few seemed as though they might, so the capital investment was not entirely wasted.

Bamboo seemed to feature heavily in the book’s pictures, and I wondered if I might have to either grow my own or perhaps acquire a suitable bonsai version. However my local Poundland bargain store came up with a ‘bamboo spiral decoration’ which, gaudy colours notwithstanding, looked to provide promising and not-too-overscale raw material.