When I left off the big dig post, three weeks ago, I was still digging the pathway up the hill. Since Jeremy finished the electrical and we've moved on to other yard projects (more to come on that), I kept on digging that pathway.
Yesterday Jeremy started helping because it was just taking too long and we wanted to get started on the next step
It was very nice of him to help because it rained all day. It felt like hours, squelching and squishing and slogging and slipping through the mud. I had so much mud stuck to my shoes I couldn't get any traction and the shovels made a very funny sound as we shoveled into the totally saturated ground. (A sound so weird, I can't even spell what it sounded like.) By the end, we were covered with mud from head to foot and soaked wet through all our layers. It was fun. =)
But we got it done!
Then at about 9 or 10 this morning we had a load of gravel dropped behind our fence.
We laid down some landscape cloth, our friend Rich came over, and we started dumping the gravel into the path.
Actually, not really. That was just the big gravel. After that we put on the pea gravel layer. And that went quick!
Jeremy and Rich shoveled gravel into the wheelbarrow and one or the other of them brought loads over and dumped them, then I raked them out. The whole thing took less than 4 hours. The weather was great too: mostly clear skies, mid-50s, just a little breeze. It was beautiful.
We came out after lunch to lay brick, but it had suddenly turned cold, cloudy, and rainy! We laid a few and then decided to get hot drinks and relax for the rest of the day.