Pictures!! (the last two days it absolutely Poured rain and thunder, so I didnt’ do much outdoors.)
They are a bit large, so I’m simply linking to them here, and you can follow them at your own risk. I wanted to keep them as un-edited as possible, so you can fully see the starting state of the Sitting Spot. 🙂
First, a view from a bit more distance, as you walk from the house down towards our well. It’s a mess, but you can see the general overview of what I am working with. You can see the overhanging Maple Tree (with rope ladder), and the grown up weeds and general “mess” pretty well.
Next, another image from down below, looking “back” into the wall a bit more. This is probably the best view of what will eventually become the full “Sitting Spot”. The pile of mulch & Pony-poo will be seeded and supported with a low wall, the weeds mowed down and grass-ified (while retaining the mint, lemonbalm, and other nice ‘weeds’, and maybe add soem ground thyme or such), and the trash will be cleared up.
Finally, a view from the “top” of the hillside, looking down over the area I’m reclaiming as The Sitting Spot. Essentially, it will run from the low concrete wall on the left, to just beyond the concrete panel on the right, straight out from where the two tires are visible near the bottom. I’m planning on covering the cement with a thin layer of compost, then spreading grass seed over it to make for really nice smooth barefoot walking. I’ll keep the slightly different elevations caused by this old barn foundation, and the deeper “cleaning tracks” (just on either side of the futon frame) are where the mint and other “wildcraftables” will remain growing and tended.
The area to the east (left in the third picture just beyond the low wall) will be cleared of the sumac ‘forest’ and replaced by a sort of arbor, possibly for Hops, or grapes, or wisteria. Just beyond that, there are some white Ceders planted, which should grow in a few more years to fully block the view “in” from that side. Once that happens, the entire area is locked away from the “outside world” by the landscape, so will become a perfect little spot to meditate, read, tend small fires, and generally “unwind”.
Any suggestions from the readers on things to add to the space, feel free to post in the comments!