This is where it all started to go wrong. I made my little volcano and poured the water into the middle. Then I flopped in the dry mix from the outside and wondered what to do next!! Basically landed up mixing it around with my hands (was in a wheelbarrow) and forming more volcanoes and adding more water until I thought it wouldn't crumble apart.
I started laying this down on the concrete base and pressing bricks into it. I couldn't get it to stick the side of the brick (vertical joint) though with the second brick. I think I put too much water in then as it was a little runny. It still wouldn't really stick to the bricks though. Tried using the trowel to flatten down the mortar underneath the bricks I was doing, but it didn't really seem to help much and I landed up using my hands to pat it down as much as anything else - especially in the joints.
My question is, where did I go so wrong!? It would appear I'm crap at mixing it as I don't really know what it's meant to be like and I'm especially crap at laying it! Now I'm not completely handicapped in that I'm alright at woodwork and metalwork and general DIY. This seems to have been a poor first outing for cement mixing though :o(