Well, in this case, it’s not Humpty Dumpty that fell down, it’s the wall. We have a stacked stone retaining wall along the sidewalk—who knows how long it’s been there—but it failed in one spot about a month ago and stones were strewn across the sidewalk.
I had noticed a couple of months ago that portion of the wall was bulging out, and other areas looked like they could go at any moment, too. I thought the volunteer cedar tree growing very close to that point was the problem. The tree had doubled in size in one year! I didn’t want a 30 ft. tall tree in my front yard. So, I had my yard maintenance guy take it out. Of course, I would never have lived to see it get that big, but…it had to go…to no avail. The wall failed anyway.
Fortunately, Vicki’s soon-to-be son-in-law is a stone mason. So he’s rebuilding the wall for me. When he finally finishes it will be much nicer looking and stronger than it was.
Here’s a picture of the house with the wall, exactly one year ago (April 14, 2015):
As soon as it’s not raining I’ll take some pictures of the progress…