day 1: dirt slinging

Busy day in the yard. I’ll keep it brief.

Dug the ramp to get the equipment up the slope and into the yard…

digging the ramp

First stop: the future veggie/herb/fruit area, which until now has only been ripe with the tripping-hazard roots of straggling juniper and the unsympathetic thorns of flowering quince…

juniper removal

Adam scraped up the undesirables…

digging veggie garden

Rich spread the dirt around in preparation for the good loam to come in soon…

veggie garden dirt spreading

Digging of the trench alongside the house began. Water will be collected from the roof and channeled to piping that will run to the giant water collection tank…

digging trench along house

Where there weren’t boulders in the way, there were cantankerous roots to subdue…

digging up a cantankerous root

The trench was brought around the corner to the tank…

more trench digging

Then the water collection piping got sorted out…

water collection piping gets sorted out

… and hooked up.

piping gets laid in and hooked up to tank

The overflow piping starts to go in…

overflow piping

While David sorts out the tank piping, the boys dug out the patio area so that it will be ready for the arrival of a few inches of crushed stone tomorrow…

patio area prepped for crushed stone

And Adam made quick work of removing the lead soil along the neighbor’s property line…

lead remova1 along the property line

The nasty soil got carted over to the dump truck and hauled away…

lead soil gets moved to dump truck

A good sized stump made the trip as well…

tree stump gets dug up

We accidentally displaced some newborn snakes while digging today. These are harmless Northern Brown Snakes. They like to eat slugs, which is fine by me…

found baby snakes!

Also unearthed a relic from the days when this was the back forty for a former sizable estate at the top of the hill…

unearthed bottle

Back to the water collection tank. A massive trench was dug for the overflow piping…

overflow trench gets dug

When I say massive, I mean over my head…

trench canyon

We can now visit the Grand Canyon — without leaving home!

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4 Responses to “day 1: dirt slinging”

  1. Story says:

    Wow! Those guys are HOT! Looking great at the Long-Bettridge Ranch!

  2. john says:

    Ha!
    In the end, Story is turned on by construction worker grunts. Couldn’t resist the appeal, huh? Welcome to the club, late comer!

  3. Brook says:

    I encouraged them to wear their bikini tops or at least rip their shirts off so we could really appreciate all their hard work. But they didn’t go for that.

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