Posted: August 1st, 2011 | Author: eliza | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
As I’ve mentioned, one of our big goals for this year was to improve the yard! We started out with hauling away a TON of garbage, then mowing, mowing, and mowing. Once we tamed a lot of the tall grass and weeds we set our sights on some of the big bramble patches and our amazing neighbors helped us hack those down. It was amazing to see how much the form of the backyard changed as we hacked away at the choking overgrowth and discovered old stone foundations, pear and apple trees, old garden plots and of course lots more garbage piles. Our neighbor Fausto actually borrowed our other neighbor Mike R’s tractor to come over and push around some dirt and rocks, cleaning up the remains of what must’ve been a foundation of a big old barn. It was a massive undertaking! He piled the huge rocks back on top of each other, shaping and revealing this beautiful rustic stone wall beside the pear tree, where we’d once had only a giant morass of weeds and garbage.
Later, Judy and Stephanie helped us plant chrysanthemums in the bare earth in front of the wall.
Meanwhile, more weed-whacking revealed another pile of rocks, another wall of the same old foundation. I started clearing away the nettles and trying to stack the rocks back in a neat line.
That’s when George came over and went into stonemason mode. One sweaty afternoon of hard work, and he transformed that mound of rocks into this gorgeous stone wall!