The grading work continues around the Summer Kitchen Cottage to improve drainage. Jim continues to pick ax through the marle, which are the hard packed clay chunks that resemble rock. Unfortunately, underneath the marle are remnants of an old coal pile which is almost as tedious to dig through. This pile suggests that the cottage may in fact have been used for blacksmithing as was told to us by several people who lived in the area a long time ago. In any case, once the digging and grading is complete, we hope to put in a kitchen herb garden and private seating area for the cottage. We have several ideas for the layout and design of the garden and planting area. As we get farther along, be sure to check back for pictures of our progress!