Once painting (windows frames) and pointing (repointing the stonework) are completed, I’m hoping that the good temperatures and most importantly dry weather of late summer-autumn will extend long enough to allow for some further work outside the barn.
We intend to dig out much of the the bank that currently dominates what will be the rear garden and then to landscape it to provide a level lawn area surrounded by slopping banks, terraces and retaining walls. Due to the nature of the plot we’ll need to cleverly build quite a few retaining walls of varying sizes. For the smaller, less steep slopping areas where structural strength isn’t such a concern I like the approach taken at the foot of the wall on this photograph from robinlucianobeaty.blogspot.com:
There is quite a lot of dry stone walling around the place already – this will be nicely in keeping and also quicker and easier to build than a solid mortared stone wall.