OK, thanks to those who gave me all the help before for mixing up mortar and
bricklaying tips. Just managed to have another go today. First off, my
mortar mix, mixed on a large flat bit of MDF (about 1.5m square) worked MUCH
better this time! Got what I think was the right consistency and I used
proper separate builders sand and cement instead of the ready-to-mix bag.
However, I still suck at brick laying!! It's better than last time but I'm
very messy. Don't seem to be able to get a good layer of mortar down on the
brick without playing with it for 10 mins and having loads of it crumble off
the sides. I still can't get it to stick well to the sides of the "next"
bricks ... grrr ....
Also, my M waves with the trowel split the mortar half the time or push it
off the brick. I'm at about 10 bricks an hour - somewhat behind on Bob's
suggestion of 100 an hour ;)