Next year’s planned job, the stone patio is giving me a bit of grief. The big issue is that when Hj and I put the gravel dust in place the drop to the East was too large and this began to wash away because of the 1 foot deep drop for the opening at the in-house on the East side (in the image it is the dark place where the boards meet). I want to put some steps there, not just to keep the dust from washing but also because they will eventually have to go there anyway. It is early to do this because the dust needs to settle but still getting them in is the only realistic way to keep the dust from spilling way with the rain. The other problem is that the stones for this are simply too large for me to handle on my own. So, this was the other job that Hj came down to help me with on the weekend.
We brought in many more wheel barrels full of stone dust and stomped this as firmly as our weight would allow, then the two of us put the large stones in place. Unless they go out of level, or settle too much, then this will be the last time we ever need to move them. I am strongly hoping that we put in enough of a buffer that it will be exact, and permanent, because these big rocks are really NOT fun to move!
The two top stones are to be the first edge of the stone patio.
The bottom large stone stair will make a handy place to sit in order to change the catch bucket from the toilet.
Lets hope that they winter well.
***ps: The blue box has kindling in it plus a few pieces behind there too. It is being picked up by someone who uses it. Waste not-want not, right?