[Sub-titled: The Big Dig Ends… And Not A Moment Too Soon]
Today as I reflect upon the inability of the 112th US Congress to do anything constructive about job creation, I am happy to report that our backyard project is complete.
As you may recall, in mid-August we began a very involved and expensive backyard landscaping project which happened in three parts. To sum it up, in Phase One we had trees knocked down and dirt hauled in. In Phase Two we had a concrete wall built to create two levels in our backyard.
And now, here is the rest of the story. Welcome to Phase Three.
Below is a photo of the stone steps in process. These large steps allow us to get down into our lower level. Without them we’d be slip sliding away every time we went down there.
Here’s a photo of our deck and the newly formed backyard taken from the second story of our house. This project was massive.
And here is the finished product. The oval that you’re seeing down there is about 12 feet x 9 feet. It is large enough for a full size picnic table or a medium size fire pit with chairs around it. We haven’t decided exactly what we’re going to do with this space yet.
One last photo of the side of the house where many of the machines came around to the back of the property. The replanting of Pachysandra looks good and will fill in the area quite nicely.
While the results of this project are wonderful, the process was stressful. In total about 30 men worked on this backyard. They showed up [usually without warning] when they felt like working on it, anywhere from 5:30 am to 7:00 pm on any day of the week. Some weeks the weather made it impossible to work back there. Other weeks the landscapers were too busy elsewhere to bother with us. So we waited.
And with that, I’m signing off on talking about this project here in my blog. It’s been something good to share with the world, but now it’s time for me to go down into The Spoon and enjoy communing with nature.
After all, that was the original reason we did this to begin with.