(If you’d like to follow this project from the beginning you can start at Step 1 here)
Step 9 of Rear Garden Design Project.
We jump ahead on the Rear Garden Design Project from 2002 until 2008. Sometimes life intervenes and projects get put on hold for a while. In the ensuing years I gained another grandson and he grew enough to join my first. They played on the piles of rock, some of which were walls. They particularly have enjoyed bouncing on the bridge planks giving all of us nervous twitches, but they never managed to get hurt.
In 2008 I finally bit the bullet and called in the Pros. Billy Ahern of Ahern’s Landscaping in Huntington NY came to the rescue. (BTW. They are not relatives of mine, past or present) He understood immediately what I wanted to create and he worked from my original drawing plans.
The first thing that Billy’s crew did was to dismantle the stone walls I’d built in fits and starts from 2002 through 2007. What took me days of laying one course of stone took the men seconds to undo.
It was quite dismaying and sad for me to watch the work I’d done disappear. I thought about the exhaustion and pain I’d experienced and all the trips to Nadine O’Neill my Chiropractor and The Pilates Place trying to get my self back in shape.
And then I’d think with optimism how nice it was going to look and I would be able to go back to gardening, not construction work.
I was also very pleased that Billy Ahern decided to keep the stone steps that my husband Dave and I had so proudly built in 2002. He said that were rock solid. We’re very proud.