Sunday, January 22, 2012

Clearing granite stones from the garden Part 2

This is actually the second part of a post I did here...

Our property is partially situated along a gradual slope... 
When the developers opened up this place more than three decades ago, they probably brought in loads of granite to construct walls to level and hold the soil as well as to prevent land slides...

The excess granite stones were probably too heavy to remove and I presume the developers took the easy way out and just buried the stones here and there...

The granite stones are huge, according to my standards... many are in the 200 to 300 kilogram range... 

When I was digging the potager to make the beds three years ago, I had to take out many, many stones of different sizes...

So, finally, you can imagine how glad I am to have them removed from our property... 
According to my stone-mason friend who came to assist me, this biggie probably weighed about a ton or so...

And so was this one...
He had this rather small looking transporter that could squeeze its way through our Japanese garden... 
The transporter had a width of merely 60 centimeters and I could never have imagined that such a small machine could move such a huge boulder...

He brought four machines... the spider-crane... the transporter as shown in the top two photos... the truck-crane which is shown in the following pictures, lifting the big stones up into the air onto the dump truck...

He came on three occasions, each working half a day... and on each occasion, I worked as his assistant, carrying chains and gadgets at his prompt...

These pictures were taken on the third occasion when the sky was really clear and crisp...
For the smaller stones, he had this metal container...
I was to pick up all the stones that I could manually lift, and drop them into the container...

Each time the container was filled up, he used the truck-crane to lift it up...
The stones from the container were then emptied into the dump truck...

And when the dump truck got filled up, it was time to transport the stones to his workshop...

All in all, we made three trips, and my friend estimated that each truck load weighed about two tons, which means six tons in total weight...

Pheew... now that more space is opened up in our garden, I am planning to plant the delicious raspberries while my sweeto haato... more flowers, perhaps?