Hi Friend! How is your week going? We need to count our blessings and not complain about the rain. My thoughts and prayers are for the victims and first responders in Moore, OK. Is it me or are things really spiraling out of control as far as weather is concerned?
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The first picture above is my friend and next door neighbor's wall being constructed. When I heard how much it is costing her, I nearly went apoplectic! I mean it is rocks for Pete's sake. Do you know how much it is to buy rocks? Not to mention the labor to install. It is a LOT if money.
In order to make their backyard more kid friendly, they had to first level the ground with a bobcat and then build a retaining wall.
But of course, who could have predicted that we would be paying for water to drink? It would have seemed laughable 30 years ago.
My mother, God rest her soul, used to laugh when people started selling soil....dirt! It does seem strange to me still.
Going next door to check on their progress, I developed a new appreciation for this skill of laying rocks. First of all, the mortar must be just the right consistency or it will not hold.
The precision of chiseling each rock to fit perfectly is not an easy task.
This young man was taught his skill by his father and has been laboring for 10 years in this industry.
Do you see the variations of tones in the rock? Placing them randomly makes a more interesting sight, don't you think?
Tap, tap, tap....until it is the right shape and size. Sometimes it takes about 10 minutes to get the rock the way he wants it.
At first I was going to do all the photos in black and white but then when noticing the color variations, changed my mind.
Now i can see the value of the skilled artisans here. I will post the final result when it is finished. Thanks for looking!
May the peace, love and happiness of the Lord, Jesus, be with you today and always!