May I tell y'all about my current yard work? It's a drainage / neatening project, and I need to finish it before I do the actual clean-up / reorganise in our shed. I have photos etc from my journal... and left a couple of pounds of body fat out there last week, which was nice. (You know what they say - "Burn fat, not oil!" - a road cycling saying!)
And I also have music, because I find stuff like this goes better with music. Anyone here got any favourite yard work / clean-up / de-clutter music? DRAINAGE PROJECT / GRAVEL PATH
A project over the past week has been to get a lot of the drainage around the shed and tank done that we were supposed to put in last year (but I broke my foot). This is so we don't have to wear Wellington boots to get into our shed after rain. I ordered gravel, which came last Monday, and spent a couple of days shifting earth, digging ditches, laying pipe and shifting two tonnes of gravel with a wheelbarrow. The week I did that, I did no Pilates or rope-skipping!
I did go for several rides on bicycle and horse though.
Thank goodness for iPods! Nothing like a good song to help you shovel gravel efficiently. Here's an excellent one that energises me for this sort of work:
Other favourites for this kind of work:
I didn't take any "before" photos, but the problem was that we never put in any drainage when building the shed and tank, and so for five months every year, there would be major puddles, turning at intervals into a swamp or even a temporary sort of creek. This actually eroded a channel into the sandy walkway between the tank and shed - not helped by Romeo's habit of coming to watch me make food for the whole entourage every evening (he just loved cooking shows
), and walking up and down the path in excitement when he thought his feed was getting close.
We had originally covered all that area in woodchips, but these degraded, washed away etc, and a more permanent solution was needed. So, I ordered some gravel, both to make drainage lines and to make a decent permanent path between the shed and the water tank. Then, I started carving out the excess sand that had blown dune-like up against the shed and tank walls - ten wheelbarrows full! I shifted this out to a hole near a gateway I also want to fix this year. After that, I dug a ditch for a slotted pipe and gravel - and only then started taking photos.
Photos 1 - 3: Stormwater pipe that was left over from our house build, and that I'd slotted with an angle grinder every 40mm or so before placing it in the ditch, ensuring it had the correct fall, and glueing the sections together. Loose sand in the bottom of the ditch was checked with a spirit level and raked to suit before the pipe was placed in the ditch, and the pipe was re-checked after placement for correct fall.
Photo 4: Bedding the pipe on one side before adding gravel into the ditch.
Photo 5: The gravel... 4 tonnes, in 3 cubic metres of volume.
Photos 6-10: Thick layer of gravel now in place over drainage pipes and ditch, creating a nice walkway that won't blow in the wind or wash out. You can see at the bottom end that I still have to connect the outlet pipe from this area to a pipe leading to a little pond we have dug to receive stormwater. The pond itself will have an overflow pipe that leads directly into the ditch besides the driveway. These are the next stages of the project... I'll start that in a few days, but have some urgent work to do in the food garden first. Nice to see the progress though...
...the reason the "after" shots look cleaner is that I scrubbed down the shed and tank walls to complete the job...
Next stage is this week - more ditch-digging and gravel carting! Wishing everyone a successful and productive week with clean-up, yard and decluttering / organisation work.