Thursday, January 26, 2012

I Can Always Change My Mind

I need one more rock that is too big to move to balance the new line of rocks. I'm sure I can find one. How easy it will be not to move may be another matter.

Now that I have wiggled all these rocks into place I am not sure I am liking it all that much. It feels off again. One thing I will try is to have the center section of leaning stones have a mid point and then lean the stones on the right to the right. That might help me like it better and it might not.

I even made a stone fire ring today. Not all that difficult. It could get bigger and taller later. I was aiming for a visual placement check for now. You can make it out in the top right in front of the mossy log.

In that process I unearthed a whole bunch of new rocks that had been piled up by someone else a long long time ago. These are a different kind of rock. The stone is denser, more square and much flatter. Many of these will make great capstones for the walls of the basement patio. I like these new rocks.

I have acquired so many new rocks in this process I may have to build something else. Perhaps there is a small heiau in Ku'ulei 'Aina's future. Time will tell. Where will I put it? I feel very confident that as gardening commences in earnest, every time I stick a shovel in the ground I will find rocks. I will need to do something with them.

This most recent round of rain has been reluctant to start falling so I headed back out there for an adjustment. More better. Now I think I want to schooch the rocks too big to move on the left back just a hair.

If I get it just right all will be well. Then I'll like it. Or not. That's the good thing about dry stack stones, no mortar makes changing my mind possible. Hopefully we will get a nice hard rain tonight to wash off the rocks. That will help in making such critical decisions of whether or not I like it.

I can live with it for now and see how it goes. Another project could easily distract me, then inertia could take hold and set the stones permanently in place.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your new stack looks like a big toothy smile. It is kinda hard for me to see through the fog of green.

Christopher C. NC said...

I'll give you a rock to take home Lisa. If you're driving it can be a big one.

Lola said...

Love those rocks. Your new project looks great. Why is there a difference in the lay of the land there. Could it be an old road bed of sorts?

Cyndy said...

Your post makes me miss my rocky New England soil - I could always find another rock there too, and the pleasure was in the rooting around. Here in central NC, I've had to buy my rocks, which isn't the same, but the fun of setting them is. As is changing your mind about it.

Carol Michel said...

Gosh, I wish I had the kind of garden where one could discover rocks like that. That would be great. Of course, the rocks would need to come with someone who would move them around and stack them this way and that way for me.