Finally we begin our project. First order of business is to dig out two hemlock stumps. My dirt guy, Cory, is confident his mini-excavator is enough machine for the job.
Holy cow that's a big hole! Looks like a really big project.
Your on your way to you new beautiful backyard! The sun even shined on you. That has got to be a good sign
Day Three. Cory spent the day shifting dirt around the upper level -- filling in low spots, shaving off crowns, leveling it off better. I spent the day on the phone shopping for stone. My son, Sam, went out to Marenakos to hand pick some of the stone, particularly the risers for the stairs. We will use Bandera weathered granite.
Most impressive! Love the views out of your garden. Cory is a great dozer man. Love the rich loam you have on your property. I wish I had 10" of that.
Neat start. Thanks for sharing. It will be fun to watch the progression.
Last evening, Sam and Cory met up for an on-site review and stone/patio planning. Another of Sam's childhood friends, Andrew, stopped by and it sounds like he may come over on Saturday to help move rock around. It pays to feed young boys while they are growing up -- and it will be fun to feed them again. Yesterday, Cory brought his two young children (3 and 4) to fish down at our pond as he used to do as a child. They caught 5 and kept 2 trout.
I remember feeding young boys, and man, do they eat a lot! I swear they sometimes grew 4" over night. One of mine is also named Sam - great name!
Sounds like you are all going to have fun with this project!
Oh, yes, will work for food. :)
My oh my can boys eat! I have a Sam, too.
Ha ha, Sofer, grab a shovel and come on by. Last night was chile verde, I think Saturday will be something BBQ'd.
Went to a new local native plant nursery that Sam found through a random Flower Show contact -- after a bit of small talk and wandering around, the owner and I found many common connections. We both attended the same high school in Seattle, he graduated with my younger sister, he has a summer place down river from the same sister in Twisp, his good friend is my husband's golf buddy, his nephew is a high school friend of Sam's... Needless to say, we hit it off and he will give me wholesale prices on my project. Yay!!
It is a small world. I went skiing a few days ago and when I got to the top of the mountain it was so foggy and snowy that I found myself in a complete whiteout. They closed the lifts to the top a few minutes later, but meanwhile I had to find my way down. There were some other skiers up there so we formed a little group and stuck together so no one got lost. When we got to the bottom and took off our goggles, masks, neck gaiters, etc and revealed out faces, we found out we were all a bunch of grey-haired women who like skiing alone and like the steeps. Then we went into the lodge for a drink.
Bonehead, the two of you have so many connections!
Portland - how fun! My husband and I took a midweek ski bus years ago up to Whistler, which was full of grey-haired retired folk. We were both still working at the time, but had a blast. It was such a pleasant trip up and back - no talk of work or past careers, and on the way home there was a free-for-all potluck sharing of food and drink. Great commaraderie. Maybe you will meet up with your newfound lady friends on another slope one day.
Wonderful rocks! Keep the photos coming! I love the progress reports. You have such a nice space to work with.
There is a ski bus from Portland as well, but I really do like the solitude of skiing alone, and I like the drive through Hood River. The rest of the grey-hairs I met also like skiing alone so we will meet for lunch or drinks again some time.
Thats going to be nice. Looks like a hard working bunch.
The steps are great - and Sam is adorable! Isn't it fun to see the kids all grown up!
What an ambitious project. Those rocks are huge!! And the steps look great, solid and well anchored by boulders. Thanks for the view from above. It gives a sense of the whole plan. It is bound to be a spectacular gathering place, out in your garden with a view of the pond and forest below.
Great helpers too!
What an AWESOME project. Great to have home-grown helpers. It is looking great already. It is enjoyable to see the whole project from start to ..... I see many nights sitting around the fire.
Wow! I haven't checked in on DG for ages and what a treat to see this fabulous project!!!!
Wonderful project with great views. How nice to have home grown help.