Pet Rock Walkies

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Mid-morning; stone hefting time. The space from the Iris to the stream is backfilled with a variety of sandstone rocks, put in 5 years ago when I had bobcat help for a project that never happened.

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One wagon load at a time, the stones pile on. 

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One last section to trench and grade. This concrete boulder was an unwelcome find.

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Drainage trench is added.

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Belarus is a Balkan state of the old USSR; in the late 1980’s they entered the U.S. tractor market with a great 4×4 unit at the half the price of other tractors. My dad, who only bought ancient used farm equipment at estate sales, bought a brand new Belarus tractor and it outlasted him. This old inner tube was lying in a corner of the big garage.

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I fillet the tube.

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Trusty Russian rubber will line the new grade.

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Another early morning trip to the shale seam.

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E picks a nice bundle of limestone.

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We head back up and fill all three buckets with limestone.

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wait for it…

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Limestone over shale, with a border of sandstone. Some day I’ll make sandstone steps to continue the big slabs by the storm door.

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Now the basement will be much drier, and the original concrete slab from the 1800’s should remain intact til’ the end of civilization- so another decade or so…

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All the dirt from the grading made great backfill for this new retaining wall of rail road ties, leveling out the yard as it drops off into the creek.

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My plan for this little bit of yard and stream from 5 years ago is beginning to take shape.

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I added in bailer banding to edge the garden along the ice house, just above the new retaining wall.

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While I was at it, I put in edging for this flower bed. Its mirror bed on the other side of the path is lined with brick, done four years ago, and holds 30 purple iris- all about to bloom.

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