We have a loooong path along the contour of the north valley behind our house. It swoops up in one corner, leading to the corner of the pool garden.
|After nearly an inch of rain, I roughed out the steps.|
|Here is the entrance to the pool garden at the top of the steps. Kind of a big hill there. The slope is undercut and will have to be resloped to a gentler angle.|
Slight detour to other steps:
|The sandstone is in great hunking slabs. They said I would be able to mark it and break it pretty easily. Note to self: next time remove the garbage can before taking a photo (the boulders are occupying the garbage can slot).|
|So here's how to split sandstone. After chiseling a line along both sides - just a scratch really, I dropped it over a piece of wood that was placed strategically...|
|I was so amazed!|
|Here I'm getting ready to lay the first step.|
|Here is how much farther there is to go. Mr Wood Rat will build a set of stairs leading from the platform to the first stone step.|
I probably will have to put erosion control netting stuff upslope of these stairs. I recently heard at a CNPS talk that the way to do it is to put mulch under and on top of the netting stuff, so the netting is like the filling of a mulch sandwich. Then you plant in holes you poke through. I'll think about that tomorrow. Meanwhile -- I'm having fun!