The steep slope above the house was quite close and imposing so I decided to move it back a few metres to provide more space around the building. This involved removing a lot of clay which had to be carried up in buckets as it was not possible to get a digger to the site. This was done over a few months when the weather and the inclination permitted. Here are a few pictures taken during the process.
The existing slope was covered in rough grass and had ugly concrete steps with awkward shallow risings.
This was during the process, the two plastic buckets were used to haul the clay up the slope to the wheel-barrow. It was then pushed up the hill and as it was a stony clay like 'hoggin', it was used to build a path. Quite an exhausting job on a warm day, but very satisfying when it was completed. When all of the clay was removed a dry-stone wall was built to secure the face and a sloping flowerbed formed on the top. The wall has large stones arranged as steps where the concrete wall meets the stone wall. The top of the wall has a row of large stones to provide access to tend the bed. This final picture was taken recently showing some of the plants developing in the new bed. The path described on the previous page runs above the bed to the lawn on the left.
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