Stones. Gravel. Sand. Life? ...think about it.

At any rate, the walkway is essentially completed. I filled the holes with the river stones (those are the bigger ones you can see) and then went over those with the pea gravel (smaller things).

Once the holes were nice and loaded I spread paver sand over the whole walkway with a broom. And those little sand granules dive into any crevice they can find. They pack in by the thousands. Locking the bricks together. Holding the stones and peas in place. And generally keeping the world from falling apart. Although, that last bit is just speculation.

Certainly, though, any way you look at it, sand is vital. And I'm thankful. As we all should be. But, I digress.

So, at the end of the day this was a pretty simple process and, more importantly, a pretty cheap one, as well. The bricks were free. A bag of river stones, a bag of pea gravel and a bag of sand all cost about 4 dollars a piece. Labor was absorbed by my body and cost me some sore muscles, a few cuts and an abundance of sweat.

There was also a momentarily hair-raising experience with what may or may not have been a black widow spider. But, said spider was immediately flung, smushed and smeared, so we're left with only the anxiety and fear for another sudden encounter with something black, bulbous and leggy.

But I've got a new mantra now that goes: Shoes and Gloves are Good. Shoes and Gloves are Good. Shoes and Gloves are Good...


Holey Brick Walkway 2

The laying down of the bricks is over! They've been placed upon the earth and the sun shone upon them and there was a little bit of rain there at the end, but all in all a fairly event-free operation.

And it's a pretty straight path, if I do say so. I had a few moments of panic (veering left) but nothing that couldn't be fixed. It can always be fixed. A 'tap, tap' here or there with the mallet and your back on track.

Once the bricks were down, the pavers needed to be dealt with. As you know from the previous post those pavers were anxious to get out there and show their stuff. And what a lovely job they've done.

On the one end closest to the house I just dug down a little, plopped in a paver sideways and brushed the dirt back towards it to secure it, nice and firm. then repeated that process three more times.

On the opposite end I wanted a little something different.

The pavers we had were left over from a different project. They were the rejects, in fact, from that project. Which is to say that they are not perfect squares or rectangles. They have angled edges from being cut. Cut by somebody else. These pavers were from the Reuse Center. So, cut by who knows who. you maybe. anybody.

Anyhow, using the angled edges to some advantage I was able to create a quick and easy pattern that will welcome one and all to this here brick walkway. And I'm happy with it.

Next up will be the river stones. Get them into all the holes. And then some sand to sweep around and fill the spaces. And then that pesky gravel business. And don't even get me started on that sidewalk! 


Holey Brick Walkway!

With all my extra free time I decided to go ahead and face the task of installing a walkway linking the house (where we live) with the car (where we hope to not have to live). this area of transition is forever dusty, dirty, filthy, mucky, yucky, etc...you get the idea. It's not good. So, we'll go over the dust and dirt with bricks and hope to enjoy clean feet for generations. Or at least a generous number of years.

The bricks we had already. A "gift" from my dad who had them removed from his yard and replaced with something more fancy shmancy. One man's trash. Another man's treasure...

As you can see, they have holes. Yeah, those kinds of bricks. They had also been buried underground so those holes were filled with dirt and sand. Mostly sand actually and that dirt and sand has been reused as supplement to the existing dirt. The more whitish lane of ground you can see? Yep. That's the sand.

Obviously, there's much more to do. What's been laid down is only about half of the finished length. The walkway will be capped at the ends with pavers, which you can see waiting with anticipation there at the top right of picture one. Oh, those pavers are just itching to cap this walkway. And I like that enthusiasm.

Also, all those cavernous holes will be filled in with small river stones to create a completely level surface. I'll then get a bag of sand to sweep into the spaces between bricks so they'll be all tucked in and cozy.

There is also to be included a run-off ditch filled with gravel and a gravel patch that wraps around the front stoop. But, that's not until after I get a jackhammer and destroy my nemesis, the sidewalk. That's right. I said JACKHAMMER.

Updates to come.