Yep, today I dug myself a grave. Or perhaps it should be for Grant.. Either way, here it is..
OK so it's not a grave, and if it was a grave I'd still have a looong way to go down. But admittedly to any passer by, this does look a bit dodgy. This patch was that rock-bed full which was held up by this concrete border.
That is now gone.
This was my first reason for digging a hole - there was no way that concrete border was coming out any other way. My second reason was to establish there was no concrete bottom. My third reason was to remove all the debris and rocks beneath the soil there, and my fourth reason was what the hell are these bricks for? And how deep to they go?
Well I'm still not sure. 5 hours of back-lifting spade-work and I declared I'd had enough for today. I certainly burnt off all those extra ice lollies today. Who needs the gym when you've got holes to dig? Ha. But so far I've uncovered three layers of brick. The only conclusions I've come to on the hidden brick-wall front is that perhaps they are the foundations of an old out-building? Or perhaps they were once used as a border in the garden? Either conclusion only leaves me thinking.. why would they remove the rest but not these? Hmm. Intrigued!
Unfortunately for these long-lasting hidden bricks, they need to be removed for my beautiful grass to grow un-patchy and also to get the most nutrients from the soil it can. But I'm determined to put them to use in another way as long as I can remove them in one piece that is.
I should also mention, that concrete-bottomed section I mentioned on the left of the rock-bed was actually just planks of concrete laid on the soil. Hurrah! They're gone now too. So today (day 5) on the jungle clean-up mission, it's looking more like a jungle-destruction mission. But we're getting there.