We got a big load of topsoil to cover the hobbit-hole hill, so that it wouldn't be rocky, and so that we could shape the hill a bit more and extend it out a bit at the bottom. I was going to get some neighbor boys to help, but I got carried away a couple of Saturdays ago and just shoveled it all and raked it all myself--about 10 tons of it. I subsequently shoveled another five tons from a secondary pile to shape it a bit more. As you might imagine, the pounds are coming off as I work on this project. When I started, I was hovering close to 200 lbs. Now I am down to 179. (I know I don't look like it in this picture, but my t-shirt is hanging down, making me look fat.) So, I guess you could say I have discovered a new weight loss secret.
I unfortunately did not get a picture of it with the topsoil completed before I started laying the sod, which I will tell more about in my next post.