Tiny Cottage Stone Step
It doesn’t look like much in this photo but the massive split granite step at the front door of our tiny cottage is from the front door old farm house. Does this make our cottage 232 years old much like George Washington’s axe? “The handle’s been replaced three times and the head twice but it’s still the same axe!”
Some of the cottage bricks are also from the old house and there is stone as well as a lot of sand and gravel from our land that went into making the new cottage. The continuity is a good thing, familiarity to introduce the new house to the land.
The step was hand quarried by the original settlers just a little ways up hill of the tiny cottage, up where our spring is. The dragged it about 500′ down hill to the site of the farm house, along with a lot of other stones for the foundation. They may have used a team of horses to move the big stones, working with gravity. I brought it backup with my 48 horses, that is to say the tractor, using the forks.
I plan to lay a granite front walk, slabs about 4′ wide by six to 8′ long which I’ve been saving. These are skins from the local granite quarries and stone sheds.
The planters are the cut off tops of plastic 55 gallon barrels with one bung out. We are using the barrel bottoms to make butter buckets, feeders and waterers. The reason for using planters around the cottage is that I’m not ready to raise the soil to its final level – we still have some building to do. Eventually I’ll make raised beds along the exposed walls. These will further insulate the cottage from the cold of winter. The plants will benefit from the micro-climate and warmth of the stone wall soaking up the sun in the spring and fall. An extender for our short growing seasons.
Hope planted lettuce, radishes, broccoli, sunflowers, marigolds, morning glories and pumpkins in the planters. By mid-summer we should have a wall of green around the cottage.
Outdoors: 79째F/56째F Mostly Sunny, some rain in the evening and occasional showers in the day, fire flies galore, Mars rose big and red
Tiny Cottage: 76째F/70째F