After the completion of the water treatment installation, there was a bit of dirt left over, and the destination was behind the retaining wall to fill in the space between the yard and the wall. The dirt pile is at the top of the incline from the driveway…and had to be moved from there across the driveway and up the incline on the other side. Just in case you have forgotten (after all, the partially completed retaining wall has been sitting there unfinished for the last 3 months) here is how it looked a few days ago.
I moved the Gorilla Cart and my three trusty Homer buckets, located the shovel, and got to work.
Three hours and 6, 956 steps (3.2) miles of hauling buckets of dirt uphill, lifting out said buckets to dump into the trenches, shoveling dirt back into the buckets, and repeating the process over and over, this is what it looked like.
I still had the remaining 2/3 of the east wall to finish, but I was “finished”. Rain was due in last night, and I knew it would settle the back-fill significantly and I would have more work to do. I was jolted awake at 2 AM with a thunderclap so loud it rattled the windows.
After the rain:
At least someone is happy about the rain…
I should probably rename this Sisyphus Hill instead of Taylor Hill. And in a side note of learning something new, while we all likely know the Greek myth of Sisyphus, did you know about Albert Camus, the French author who added his analysis? I did not, but it sounds like exactly my kind of story.
Camus uses the Greek legend of Sisyphus, who is condemned by the gods for eternity to repeatedly roll a boulder up a hill only to have it roll down again once he got it to the top, as a metaphor for the individual’s persistent struggle against the essential absurdity of life. According to Camus, the first step an individual must take is to accept the fact of this absurdity. …the only alternative is to rebel by rejoicing in the act of rolling the boulder up the hill (emphasis mine). Camus further argues that with the joyful acceptance of the struggle against defeat, the individual gains definition and identity.Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopaedia (Retrieved May 1, 2022). The Myth of Sisyphus. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Myth-of-Sisyphus
Let the rejoicing continue!