Work continues on the front walkway as the menfolk have time, ambition, and supplies ready to hand. Yes, you need all three to get anything done. I suppose it helps to know what you’re doing, too. Here’s what happened May 18th while I was at the Ithaca Plant Sale. First, the mailbox was moved out of the way, but no one took a picture of that.
The last little bits of dirt were removed and the edges were squared off. Photo by Rundy Purdy
Rundy checked to make sure the trench was excavated to the proper depth. Photo by Rundy Purdy
Time to move that crushed stone out of the driveway and into the trench. Fun, fun, fun. Photo by Rundy Purdy
This looks like three wheelbarrows worth of crushed stone. Photo by Rundy Purdy
About halfway there! I’m back from the plant sale and chatting with my mom. Photo by Rundy Purdy
All the crushed stone for the sub-base has been added. Photo by Rundy Purdy
The crushed stone has been raked smooth. Photo by Rundy Purdy
Rundy tamps down the crushed stone. Note that the mailbox is no longer in the center of the walk.
The crushed stone sub-base has been tamped, and now awaits a bed of sand and the irregularly shaped Pennsylvania bluestone pavers. Photo by Rundy Purdy
The Front Walk Story
If you are just joining us, the rest of the front walk posts can be found here:
And Rundy’s take on things: Earth Hugger and Photos: Walk Construction 1st Day
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013