Hubby helped and supervised the project as I and my daughter's friend helped with the more physical side of the project. First Bill made a sort of a frame after digging out a 4' X 6' oblong in the bank.
Next we moved some stone and soil from another area of the yard with a small lawn cart. Hubby cannot do any lifting so our friend and I did the shoveling and dumping until we had the space filled.
As you can see, the bank tapers down to the lake at a 2-3ft. grade by the time you get to the water's edge. Next we bought sand to lay the 24" patio blocks on (it took 6 to fill the space) and then we put a row of bricks on either side to hold the sides stable.
Bill filled the cracks with more sand and after 2 days of working, the patio space was finished! It is a great little spot and we are buying the chairs tomorrow and will show A picture when they are setting there. With a good friend, you can make this project at a minimum of spending and a maximum of enjoyment for the rest of the year!
And this is a tip for you ladies: The best lettuce Keeper I ever had is a plastic ice cream container! It is an oval "Blue Bunny" brand Ice Cream container. I break the head of lettuce in half and the two halves fit side by side in the oval. This is the very first one I have ever used as a lettuce keeper that actually kept the lettuce fresh so that I used it to the last leaf! No rusting, no spotting, just crisp lettuce! Better than Tupperware!
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My Krafty heart to yours!