I do not take offense to any of ya'lls posts. We all learn here.
Its just that in this application I have never seen it done any other way. As I said, I see the point and I'm sure I will be making alterations in the future.
From the "hills" comment it is more towards reference of retaining the load of the soil behind it. A 2' footer is common here in most applications.
I'll post more pictures once the job is completed in the next week or so......pending the plants. My customer I know pretty well and friends with his son etc......he's also the manager of one of the local quarries. We went 300' down to pick out the boulders for his house......nobody else has these! Just think of #57 that is around 3'......match nicely with the slate/granite.
Thanks DVS......don't mention the $100 I slipped you