I Should Be Painting, But…

I woke up this morning with an IDEA.

This little hill is steep and it makes bringing items in or out of the back door a real pain in the patoot!

This little hill is steep and it makes bringing items in or out of the back door a real pain in the patoot!

 

You know the kind. It is the solution to a problem which has been swirling around in your head for the longest time.

I briefly toyed with stacking them two high, but it was a little too much of a step up. Better shallow steps than ones that will make my knees ache.

I briefly toyed with stacking them two high, but it was a little too much of a step up. Better shallow steps than ones that will make my knees ache.

In my case, it had to do with several things:

  • My neighbor reminding me to take some concrete blocks I had asked for to make pathways with.
  • The pesky problem of accessing the back door of The Cottage by climbing up or down a steep embankment.
  • My recent experience creating a walkway out of bricks.

All of these converged into the idea of using the concrete blocks to create steps instead of a pathway.

I will give these a few months to settle and then re-seat them on top of pea gravel for added stability

I will give these a few months to settle and then re-seat them on top of pea gravel for added stability

I walked the wheelbarrow over to the neighbor’s house and loaded it up with the concrete blocks. I will admit, I wasn’t sure whether to begin at the top or at the bottom. I had never done this before.

More paint progress!

More paint progress!

A trip back to the house to get the level, and I got to work moving dirt. Meanwhile, Dave got more painting done way up on the scary ladder. He’s slightly better than me with heights, but not much more. He could only handle it for a little while and made several trips up and down, stopping to help me move more of the concrete blocks.

I don't know how I managed it (pure luck, I imagine) but it ended perfectly at the concrete stairs down to the back door.

I don’t know how I managed it (pure luck, I imagine) but it ended perfectly at the concrete stairs down to the back door.

I had to jog around a concrete pillar, but I’m close to done now.

Another neighbor, Marcie, had given me these amazing re-blooming white irises a few years ago. They bloom in May and again in October. Amazing! I will fill the earth on the incline here with thick groups of iris and daylilies. That will curb the erosion and create a stunning display spring through fall.

Another neighbor, Marcie, had given me these amazing re-blooming white irises a few years ago. They bloom in May and again in October. Amazing! I will fill the earth on the incline here with thick groups of iris and daylilies. That will curb the erosion and create a stunning display spring through fall.

I will fill the holes with pea gravel and once the earth settles everything will look much better. Meanwhile, we have a stable path to walk on. No more slipping and sliding down the hill!

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