OK, now making up for yesterday's out-of-control post. Doug is obviously feeling disgust too. And thus when he got home last night from Boston, he attacked the stairs with a crowbar. In 15 minutes it was a slope.
The town inspector told us at first that any slope we replaced the stairs with would have to conform to the American's with Disabilities Act (?!?!?!?!?!). But after a chat with our lawyer they decided a slope was OK.
We'll smooth it and grow some grass. Notice the raspberry bushes on top of the stone wall on the left. There are hundreds of flowers and immature berries on there. They will not ripen before we leave, but I've potted some young canes. They are being cared for by Doug's parents in CT until they can take up residence in our new garden.