Closing down the pool for winter is always an unpleasant job on many different fronts, but this year I had the added task of re-pointing between the edging stones and the flagstones. For some reason the mortar had weakened over the past 10 years, and it all needed to be chiselled out and replaced.
Even Lady Magnon wanted to have a go (above), and got stuck in like a pro (saving my back for a while).
And this is what it looked like after being brushed down with a wire brush, and left to dry in the sun.
I'd call that pukka 'Invisible Mending'.
Next job is thorough cleaning, heavy dosing with chlorine, and covering over with black tarpaulin. Then it'll be 'goodbye' for the next 8 months. It's sad when the time comes, but when the water temperature drops to about 20 C we have to accept that the swimming season is finally over.