🏍️ Landscaping With The Super Cub 🪨 90cc's & A Bucket🎍

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Today I began collecting river rocks to use in a walkway project for the rental cabin we are nearly finished remodeling.

The Natural Swimmming Pool Is Gone 🏊

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     The highlight of the land behind our property was the natural swimming pool formed by a vortex of two creeks meeting each in opposing directions. Where the pool used to be is now a pile of boulders, and just to the left of that is a landberg turned island that seemingly appeared out of nowhere during the flood.

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     There once was a gentle slope down to the riverbank here, and it provided much easier access to the river than we have on our property. Now that gentle slope is nearly vertical, but at least it's not nearly as long of a drop as our paths to the river provide. It is quite a task to get a bucket of rocks back up the hill, but once on top again I can haul a bucket on the Super Cub quite easily.

A Solution To The Mud 🪨

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     In a previous post I shared my idea to use freely available bamboo to build steps and also begin to frame the above walkway. When it rains the area just outside the cabin becomes like quicksand, and that is the main reason I decided to create a makeshift path of sorts. I decided to line it with wild grass before placing rocks on top, hoping this will prevent the rocks from sinking into the ground during rainstorms.

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     Here is a closeup shot of what I'm attempting to do. I'm just gonna finish this test square at the bottom of the steps first and then see how it holds up. If it works well, I'll continue the river rock walkway around the corner of the cabin, and hopefully it will be visually pleasing and barefoot friendly. Well, that's all for today Hivers, stay tuned....

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The river rocks and the stairs idea is brilliant - in fact i was in trouble when it rains the mud outside the house make things bad and after reading this i think should do the same

Just curious and waiting for the final results.

Have fun!

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If you live near a forest or have free bamboo nearby, I recommend it. I have to haul everything up the cliff, so bamboo is a lot easier on the body than hauling heavy hardwood up the slope. I don't know how long the steps will last, but if used daily they will become compacted like concrete after several years of wear. Soon I will make some more steps and share the process.

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I wonder if it might be better to put something more permanent down and let it sink, then add the rocks? That grass will eventually rot and add to the mud?

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I used to landscaping back home a bit, and normally we would lay down sand and then hit it with a compacting tool before adding rocks. Ultimately though some settling is expected either way, but a layer of sand makes adjustments easier. We have plenty of rocks though, and the deeper they sink the better the drainage will be. This is an experiment though, as I've never really lived on clay before. If the test patch works well, I'll continue the style, but if it doesn't I may lay bamboo strips down in a lattice before the rock layer, believe it or not they still do this as the foundations for road paving here in Cambodia.

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Nice! Now that the rains have subsided the river looks so inviting again. Peaceful waters, sun drenched vegetation, and a nice accumulation of river rocks. So unlike the pics you posted during the deluge.

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Relative calm has returned, but it's a whole new river now, and it looks like our former waist deep play area is now a deep pool with a foot of mud on the bottom. It's gonna take a long time for this silty layer to wash away before we can see the rocks and fish again though. For now we just cross the river and use one of the mountain creeks for swimming.

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I feeling lazy to make a post again because have a little support a lot. It's like we struggle for three years, but what we get is always small. Maybe I grow vegetables for a better income. Hive is good for those who know how to take care of the rich, but we do not know is not a big support forever. Hive is like real life, we are outside. I see you working on Hive too much and you slept late every day but your post always has small support.

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I understand a little deeper about the comment from @sreypov

it's true what @sreypov said you always sleep late and spend time in front of your laptop just to make posts and some other things,,

and there is some truth in what your wife said,, if the support for your post is very little, but you my friend @justinparke is always active in making that post which I salute you....

you are never bored, and never complain even though the sound you get is only a little, that's what is really extraordinary in my opinion..

honestly.... when I saw and read the contents of the comments from @sreypov my mind was spinning all the way to the seven continents.....???????? what's really going on...????

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I think she gets frustrated just like me sometimes, and this blockchain is amazing, but still ultimately controlled by a small group of individuals who have the majority of the HIVE wealth. I see many of the other community leaders getting big post payouts in recognition of their efforts on this platform, but I am sad to see so many talented Hive bloggers go unrecognized for years.

My goal with ASEAN Hive long ago was to provide SE Asian content with a community springboard to drive engagement and traffic to this content. Overall it has worked, and I know many curators come to ASEAN Hive to find posts, but I do get frustrated that my efforts go mostly unnoticed beyond ASEAN Hive.

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I think I will never be an insider no matter what kind of work I do, it is just not in my spirit or destiny. As a very smart man from Indiana once said........

"When I rise it will be with the ranks, and not from the ranks."

Eugene V. Debs

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That is a nice project, the little rocks will make good art for your path in front of your house. And you can get the rocks for free

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Free rocks are an excellent resource here. We are too far from a depot to get a good price on truck transport, so we are left with hauling them ourselves.

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Thankfully, it seems that the weather there is now starting to clear and the rainy season has passed. It is clear from your photo that the river water has started to clear.

The area around the muddy house is indeed quite dangerous because we have young children and the emergency route can be a good solution that you can do, hopefully the emergency route will work well when the rainy season arrives my friend 👍

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If the path works well, it would be really nice to build bamboo and rocks steps all the way to the river. First it will be best to collect all the materials first though, and that might take several weeks.

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Man the landscape there is ever-changing. It's a good thing that you are so adept with working with the materials that the area provides to get through the problems that nature throws at you!

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I'm learning as I go, I've lived in mostly prison-cell sized rental rooms during most of my existence here in Cambodia, so living in nature and working with is new to me, well at least in Cambodia. The two most obvious construction materials available are river rocks and bamboo, so I'll just have to do lots of research on ideas how to use these things.

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It is great that you source your materials from nature, you are an example of coexisting with nature.

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We are doing our best, but of course come concrete is involved. As much as possible though, we want to create a natural space here, and most of all I'd love to walk on smooth river rocks all the way from our house to the river, a dream I can manifest with a bucket and a moto 😁.

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Now that you mentioned, I saw this kind of setup when I visited South Korea back in 2018, where they outline the foundation with bamboo and lay sackcloth sheets across to prevent mud sliding.

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Bamboo works better than most folks would imagine, I am always surprised how well it resists rot even though it's not technically wood.

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