This is the story of a backyard, a patio wall, and the man in the yellow shirt. A story of danger, intrigue, mystery, suspense, courage, shovels, swearing, dirt, the wheel-barrow, the level. Man vs. the elements.
The taming of one small corner of the planet, a triumph of the human spirit.....a wall going boldly where no wall has gone before...........and the man in the yellow shirt who tamed the dirt, tamed the yard, and ultimately tamed me (well, no, not quite).
First, he dug. And dug, and dug. And dug some more.
Over 70 wheel-barrow loads of dirt were removed from this small area.
I don't have a "before" picture, but it was all weeds. Weeds, I tell you, weeds!
Then he put over 35 loads of stones in, as part of the patio foundation.
Then, he bought and carried all of these Allan blocks to the back yard. They weigh approx 75 lbs each, and he used about 45 of them. This was the dangerous part. Danger of dropping block on foot. The courageous part was me watching him almost drop block on foot. Repeatedly.