Falling, tumbling, rolling down the hill, limping upon our return. We finally gave in and repaired the steps. Now the entire backyard is available to us for planting. We have a completely new medium for our work. Water trickles through the granite rocks leaving small streams to be a constant source of water for certain portions of the yard. Shade mixes with bright sun. It is a bit like going into the Grand Canyon, because the noises of the street and yard disappear as we step lower into the backyard. You can see what our steps used to look like in the 2009 part of this blog.
A woman visited us last year and told us that she lived in our house 35 years ago. She said her parents built the original steps so that she could quickly visit her best friend and neighbor who lived in the house below. Now that the steps are finally repaired, I envision a new group of children using them them for adventures exploring the backyard. Hopefully this includes our grandchildren.