Posts Tagged With: Bob

The Great Wall of Knight (Phase I)

If you want to cause yourself some frustration, angst and general “I’ve had it with this !&#(%@ project” feelings, just build a wall and try to get it level in three dimensions.  A project I’ve tried to get underway for the last two months finally came to fruition yesterday.  I’m wrapping the front and side of our house with a small retaining wall, behind which I will plant various flowers, shrubs and even banana trees!  I did a bit of reading about retaining walls and the most consistently repeated advice was “make sure the first course is level”.  What I did not know (until I spent several fruitless hours on my knees, cursing like a trooper) is that in order to have a level first course, one assumes that the bricks/blocks being used are of a consistent, exact shape.  This really helps.  Anyway, I set and re-set multiple bricks only to find that they were level horizontally but not front to back; or level front to back but not against the lie of the land ~ very frustrating!

Eventually I came to the realization that I was not going to be able to make a perfect wall and that once it was set, planted and settled with some rain, it would look just fine.  So I began digging a trench lined with gravel, setting the bricks of the first and second courses, filling them with gravel, re-grading the driveway and filling the bed with dirt, ready for planting.  It took quite awhile but after fifteen or twenty bricks, I started to get into the swing of it.  The wall still has a little tilt but overall it is not bad.  Bob and I moved a bunch of gravel to make the driveway look better plus we filled the space behind the retaining wall with dirt, ready for planting.

Now I just have to start the other side of the house!

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Pridy Knight (er, pretty night?)…

There is something magical about a fire.  We’ve all experienced that mesmerizing feeling, losing (or gaining?) focus in the hypnotic dance of the flames.  Well, last week, I managed to steal remove a ton of bricks from Pridy Road, helping to clean up from a minor renovation Mum and Dad were having done.  I decided that it was time to build a firepit, ready for the fall bonfires under starry skies, sipping hot chocolate spiced with a dash of Bailey’s.  As you can see from the slideshow below, I cut the grass around our existing burn pile then Bob and I piled sticks, old boards and a few knotty logs into a small mountain, ready for burning when the summer is done.  We dumped a bucket load of gravel, leveled it roughly then stacked the bricks into a rough square, about 15 inches high.  We then dumped half a dozen buckets of direct around the old burn spot, raked and rocked it then covered it with cut grass.  I’ll seed it this fall when the rains return!

This firepit should provide lots of fun times, under pretty nights, enjoying good company and marveling at the beauty which surrounds us.  More updates to follow!

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