|Mervin performed final grading with this John Deere tractor.|
|The rear tractor attachment is a special tool for grading.|
|Part of the regrading included removing some shrubs next to the outdoor shower.|
|Mervin assists unloading the first load.|
|The first 25 yards.|
|Mervin began to spread the topsoil while the truck returned for load two.|
|The first 'strip' of topsoil on the north half of front [west] lawn.|
First I replaced the paneling next to the fireplace in the living room. It had buckled before the structure was lifted. And since the house is now no longer settling it was time to trim and replace the panels. I should note that each of the panels was intricately cut in a stair-step manner to fit against the sloping bricks of the fireplace chimney. I can't take credit for the amazing cutting...but I did manage to trim and refit them with no damage.
After finishing the chimney I returned to the stairway wall task. I had completed the north wall to the basement stairs last week. Today I began the south wall. It's not finished yet because I kept leaving the cool basement to check on Mervin and Tyrone. Well, and because I slipped on the stairs late in the day and am typing this with ice on a sore ankle.
While I played in the basement the second 25 yard truckload of topsoil was on its way. The driver decided to back the truck down the drive rather than try to maneuver around behind the cottage. Mervin had moved some of load one but not all. So when unloaded we had probably 40 yards of soil piled east of the cottage.
More heat and more landscaping tomorrow. I'll look over Mervin's work. And I'll try to finish up the basement stairway wall. If lucky, I'll even get to some more electrical work.