This was pretty close to being a block retaining wall. While talking ‘Garden’ I happened to groan when the home owners mentioned they were going to have someone use prefab block to build a retaining wall. It just slipped out and instead of passing it off on my aching back (at the time I was hobbling) I had to go open my mouth and let the truth dribble out. The pain was all in my head. I could see it in my mind, a simple functional piece of commercial drab so uninspiring that it made me sad.
from the beginning – sandstone slab – steps and wall
I’ve suffered from visions as long as I can remember so it was no surprise I had another right then. I could see it but I couldn’t fully explain or describe it. But I had to stop the blockheads. I told Mr and Mrs. Homeowner that natural stone would look ‘oh so much nicer’ and that it was available and wouldn’t cost much more than the block. I had no idea how much the blockheads would charge to install the wall so couldn’t compare labor costs. But it would be significantly higher if I did it. Since they were both St. Lawrence University people and members of my wife’s (small) church I assured them it would only be slightly higher. I didn’t tell them I have an obsessive compulsive habit of doing stuff only an idiot would try.
This is a reflection of my vision. I wish the sun hadn’t been so bright.
A few boulders (including the one from the last post) were transplanted during construction. Upended from the edge of a rural hayfield they’ll have to adapt to village living. I’m pretty sure they’ll settle in fine.
I couldn’t see a block wall extending down the length of the driveway demanding you walk around it. Call me lazy but there’s no way I’d walk the long way around to get to the backyard. I’d rather spend a week busting my back so I wouldn’t have to.
Besides, this is a bit better looking than cement block wall, wouldn’t ya say?
If you want to get some of this sandstone for yourself the location is on RT 37 between Hammond and Redwood at the rest area by the county line . You’ll see the sign and the old stone house, ya can’t miss it. You need to phone and make an appointment before going. Call: 315-771-2128 and ask for Tim. Just keep your hands off the stone I want.