My Big Rock Pile
That lovely pile of rocks is where I’ve been collecting some of the big stones as we terraform around the farm, creating terraces out of the steep hill sides. We’ve gathered these out of the soil and cut them from the ledge to make the spaces flatter. In most places the ledge is only a little ways under the soil so we have to do a lot of cutting of stone to get width.
These rocks will later get used in the stone walls of buildings we’re planning. One such building is the cottage. Currently it has a false rock pattern we simply drew in with our fingers as we parged the exterior. In a few years we’ll be adding onto the cottage to give ourselves cool storage that reaches back into the hill. Once that is done we can unify the exterior with a final wall of stone from our land, giving it a true stone exterior and thickening the walls by another foot or more.
In addition to this rock pile I have several more along the driveway where it is easy to dump the rocks and later retrieve them for projects. Hope thanks me for building the piles as she loves to climb them. Extra incentive to make sure the piles are stable. Nudge, nudge I go with the tractor after I place each slab of stone – just to make sure we don’t have any sliders.
Outdoors: 83째F/52째F Mostly Sunny, UG Trench filling, Pedestal installed
Tiny Cottage: 79째F/69째F