It seems to be going SO slow, but am thankful that my husband and son can do most of this all themselves. I know it's saving us $$$, and we like to live a debt-free life. Plus, it's an excellent way to teach yourself and family patience. :)
When we lived in our home in West Virginia, my husband put in a 15' round pool. This one is twice the size and in area that wasn't quite as level to begin with. Before digging, it appeared more level, but boy, can the naked eye be deceiving. Here's where it started:
Now the first stage was to scalp off about 1/2 of the grass and fill in areas that needed in the rest of the yard. Since it had rained so much prior to this, it made it hard due to the weight of the sod.
Of course, the children have been watching every step of the way.
This is what they got done after two days of digging...whew!
In 90+ degree weather.
Thankfully a dear friend had a Bobcat and came out and helped clear the rest (IN LESS THAN AN HOUR!)
So yesterday, he spent making sure it was level. For some reason, our sand delivery hasn't arrived yet, but it should be here SOON, so we can move onto our next pool phase.
What did we do with all that dirt? Well, the valley behind our house needed filled in. This is what it started out like:
Now we pushed all that dirt over and in and it looks like this.
Keep in mind, this was a deep valley and still needs cleared a great deal. There is a HUGE fallen willow tree that needs cut out this fall, but the overgrowth is too much already to do so.
One step at a time, little by little...we are making progress. And other than wishing the pool was done on these intensely hot days, we're having fun doing it!
I leave you with a picture of how much Camelot has grown. Not the best picture as he was trying to get me to pet him. :)
More pictures to come soon with my little bitty garden. Have an awesome weekend!!!