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The Search is Over

August 26th, 2015

For the past year, I’ve been searching for bricks for a walkway in the potager. I wanted old bricks, not the shiny new pavers from the home improvement store. I wanted bricks with a history, ones that had been a chimney, a house, or something else. A few weeks ago, I found an ad on Craigslist for bricks, old ones, lots of them. Just what I was looking for!
vintage bricks 1
We picked up one load in our little car 2 weeks ago, and quickly realized we needed bigger guns. Enter Brian’s work truck.
vintage bricks 4
On Saturday, we made our way back down to Biddeford to get the remaining bricks from the bottom of the Cleaves Castle in Biddeford. This basement was a mansion at one time, then eventually became a city building with a jail in the bottom. These bricks may have been the walls between the cells.
vintage bricks 2
vintage bricks 3
Regardless of what these bricks have seen in their lifetime, they will now be perfectly at home in my garden. This fall I hope to start the preparation for the walkways. That will be a lot of work, but well worth the effort.

What’s your favorite pathway material in the garden?

5 Comments to “The Search is Over”
  1. Mrs. H on August 26, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I want to use brick to edge our flower beds and make a path in our back yard. You have inspired me to search for old bricks. Just like houses, old bricks have more character than new ones do.

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  2. bonnie knox on August 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I don’t have any paved pathways in my garden, but I do like stone as well as brick.
    I love old bricks that have been weathered and have history and “character.”

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  3. Kyle on August 26, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I just spent yesterday moving what I calculated to be 1960 lbs of pavers into my greenhouse to make it a more useable space. Blackberries and thistles had been growing up through the ground the last couple of years making it a hot, dusty, unpleasant mess. I inherited it, placed in a bizarre location largely in the shade, so it is more of a shed, but now it is a pleasant shed.

    This was a test-run to build a patio out of bricks or pavers, hopefully salvaged. Though, I have a big Dodge truck and was starting to worrying about whether my tire rating was high enough to move that much weight at once. Salvaging would have to go in a couple of loads….

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  4. Erika on August 27, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Those are beautiful bricks and should make a lovely pathway. Nice score!

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  5. Chris on August 27, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Love old brick pathways…I do have a couple. Tip…when weeds start growing between them, I just pour vinegar on them! :)

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