We had success with the mini excavator and it’s driver that we contracted on the weekend. Their little digger managed to get through the tight corner between the shed and patio stairs and get round to shift all the dirt around. I was so glad that we didn’t have to shovel dirt ourselves again, I think we’ve had our fair share of moving dirt so far.
The weekend was spent watching the ground in the backyard go from mountains to flat land, followed by family related errands, like taking our son to his friends birthday parties. Our weekends have never been so busy with trying to fit in the build and keep our children entertained.
When we got back from the kids parties, we started on the brick pavers down the side of the house. We managed to salvage the sand from the old sand pit and it was a good thing we did because it actually filled up the side. Score! We don’t need to spend any more money on sand and delivery. We had a stack of old bricks on the other side of our house and used those up. We’re now halfway and will be using the bricks that come out of the wall when we start opening the inside of the house. For us this was a good use of scrap material. It isn’t the prettiest of paths, but it does the job and we can now hang our washing without walking through dirt.
Another job to do out the back is to add some bamboo slat fencing that we bought at Bunnings. This should also lighten the common back fence as it is an ugly brown at the moment. We also need to add sleepers into the ground to border the bamboos. Then we can add some top soil and lay down some buffalo turf. We will also have a small garden bed to plant some shade tolerant plants. Again there’s lots of odd jobs around the house, but it’s slowly on the way to completion. We have this Saturday to break as my husband and I will celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary and then back into it after the celebrations!