Nelson Leader : February 7th 2013
14 THE NELSON LEADER, FEBRUARY 7, 2013 GARDENING Tailor-made and escorted travel the hassle-free way Bursting with excitement and delighted to be back, experienced travel agent Nadine Connock is back working in central Nelson as an independent travel broker. Working from the Bridge Street Collective and café at 111 Bridge Street, Nadine is putting her 8 years of travel industry experience to work in her own business, backed by the support and buying power of Mondo Travel, NZ's newest travel company. "I have complete freedom and flexibility to offer a committed and dedicated service alongside very competitive pricing, as my personal overheads are very little compared to other brands running large offices with multiple staff," explains Nadine. "I can focus completely upon each of my client's travel needs to offer the careful attention to detail and thorough planning required to ensure smooth, stress free experiences. "And as always, I am here to provide warm, friendly and efficient professional services which make your process exciting and carefree." Nadine's personal values of honesty and integrity within her work stand true, and she looks forward to gaining new clients plus reconnecting with her loyal and valued client base, "which I feel are more like friends". ADVERTISING FEATURE 5160435AA Come see me for: • Around- the-World Itineraries • Discounted travel insurance • Off the beaten track destinations • Tailor-made and escorted travel • Dedicated and qualified cruise expertise • Niche interest groups -- yoga, retreats, photography, volunteer work, sports events, festivals, gap year, special anniversary and celebrations, walking and cycling trips 5160459AA DDI: (03) 970 2167 Mobile: +6421 233 4996 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mondotravel.co.nz Address: The Bridge Street Collective and Cafe at 111 Bridge Street Nelson. P.O Box 1101 Trading through Mondo Travel Motueka Phone: (03) 528 1550 Nadine Connock Travel Broker CONTACT ME TODAY Scott Dayman Business Manager 03 539 0809 email@example.com Immediate pre-approval Hassel free with flexible terms APPLY ONLINE or rade? 5045778AA Time fo an upg www.nelsonbaysfinance.co.nz Ask about our optional 3 months DEFERRED PAYMENTS Facelift for old concrete By STEPHEN McCARTHY Good foil for plants: Natural river stone aggregate. Photo: STEPHEN McCARTHY What to do with that old concrete surface to make it a bit more attractive and modern? Concrete areas can look a bit dull and raw if left as plain concrete. Our old con- crete veranda was a case in point and definitely needed a facelift. We got the idea of resurfacing it with exposed aggregate from a friend who had done his garden paths using this cheap and effective method. When resurfacing an old concrete area it is easier to divide it up into small work- able surfaces of about a metre wide. This meansyoucandoabitatatimeatyour leisure and the smaller areas will be less prone to cracking. Ours haven't cracked at all after about 10 years. We did our veranda using 30mm hard- wood strips of timber to break the area up into 900mm squares. The timber can be nailed together and laid on top of the concrete surface to form a strip of squares which act as boxing for the new wet cement layer. They could be nailed down using concrete nails but we weighed them down using heavy concrete blocks on the timber frame of the adjacent square while doing the actual concreting. The old surface should be as clean as possible before starting, with dust and moss completely removed with a wire brush and the surface dampened to ensure a good bond. We used a basic mix of four parts plaster sand to one of dry cement powder and mixed enough for a square at a time in a wheelbarrow. The resulting plaster needs to be a bit on the wet side, shovelled into an individual square and using a short length of straight timber as a screed, levelled off with the top of the boxing. The basic plaster mix can also be coloured by adding concrete colouring -- dark grey tones can look attractive with lighter grey aggregate. There are two ways of adding the aggregate to the mix -- one is to incorpor- ate it directly into the plaster, or much more laboriously as we did, by placing and trowelling into the wet surface, small flat river stones. This looked good but took forever to do a large area. For areas which are to be walked on and get rained on, a non-slip surface can be made by adding coarse crushed stone known as roading metal, of about 10 to 12mm grade. This should be mixed in with the plas- ter mix before pouring in the squares and screeding level. It may pay to experiment with a small square to get the propor- tions of aggregate to plaster right. Both methods then need the surface to be floated off with a metal concrete float until a plain level surface is achieved. This should then be sprayed with a concrete setting retardant, available from a concrete and metal supplier. We used an old household cleanser spray bottle for this. Once the main body of plaster has set the surface should be still soft because of the retardant and can be brushed with a hearth brush and a gentle stream of water to expose the aggregate just below the surface. If the plaster has set too much a wire brush may be needed, being careful not to take too much off and loosen the aggre- gate. You will soon get to know how long to leave the plaster before brushing takes place. A small area can be checked and worked on much easier than a large one. Once thoroughly set a brushing with a wire brush and hosing will take off any grey cement powder adhering to the sur- face of the aggregate. The use of stone aggregate definitely looks much better than plain cement, adding texture and subtle colouring. It associates well with plants, particularly those with bold foli- age such as hostas.
February 14th 2013