Living on the side of a hill in the woods has its perks–a nice view of the treetops, a good strategic position in case of a zombie attack, burning calories just walking down to get the mail, etc… But there are challenges that a nice, flat piece of ground does not present. One of the biggest is water. Mother Nature has left the faucet on for about a week now here in Nashville-rain, rain and more rain and it’s times like this that I’m glad I married a farm boy.
Whether it was growing up on the farm, having a knack for understanding how to do things or maybe just plain ole hard work ethic, Charlie does not shy away from getting his hands dirty and when we moved out here to the country, he saw some things that needed to be fixed! The big one was standing water, both behind the house and what would become the studio.
We took care of the house first by having parts of the concrete drive cut out in order to put in a drain behind the house. Then we dug out the trench to slope for proper drainage, laid in the pipe and refilled the trench with concrete. 100 feet may not seem very far, but trust me that’s a lot of concrete! But, all the drains around the house are fully functional and moving the water from the top of the ridge all the way to the bottom without any pit stops at the house.
Now he’s working on the second of two drains and a retaining wall around the studio. This job is not quite the same-no concrete to deal with, just mud. We got several estimates for this because we thought we might want contractor sized 1 ton blocks for the job, but those 1 ton blocks didn’t quite fit our 1 ounce wallet! So, enter farm boy again. He ordered…
100 feet of drainage pipe,
some massive railroad ties,
…and proceeded to get the job done! Because the dirt behind the studio is clay based, it’s heavy and sticky when wet and hard as a brick when dry, so it’s no easy task to deal with. But my farm boy is making it happen. I feel like I’m in the movie ‘The Princess Bride’ when I call him that. Movie or not it sure is good for me and Kitty to know that we have a man in the house who knows how to fix things….’as you wish.’