Thursday, April 23, 2009

Is that a light at the end of the tunnel I see?

Yesterday was officially 'Wacker Packer Wednesday' at our house.

I decided to 'work from home' (read: help John in the backyard) as he is in Tassie this weekend so we wanted to keep progress going.

We managed to get all of the road base layed for the path and then hired a compactor (we call it a wacker packer). We also took the opportunity to get the road base laid properly in path at the back of the house next to the grass.

The pond is also in... that was a pain in the *ss trying to get that level I can assure you. It's out of level by about 1-2mm but we figure nobody is really going to notice. I sure hope not anyway!

J's off to Tassie this afternoon so his jobs this morning are:

1. Bring sand in to make a bed for the pond to sit on
2. Attach sheets to the side of the pond
3. Sand join in feature wall

If this gets done I will hopefully be able to at least get the sealer on to the boards over the weekend (well, Sunday is going to be horrible weather so I'll aim for Saturday).

Then if all goes to plan, J will start laying the pavers next week.

Then it's just a matter of painting, bringing in some good soil and mulch and that will be all we can do for now until we save some more money. I've picked out the urn I want that will sit in the water feature and I know what plants I want as well. Ideally I'd like to have all this done by winter but $$$ will play a big factor.

Anyway ... it's all going really well and looking just how we planned it. Very exciting!!

Forgot to take photos yesterday so will do so on the weekend.


Toni said...

Wow! You guys have been busy! Can't wait to see the final product.

Weather on Sunday is going to be like a real winters day. I'm looking forward to it (shame we haven't got our wood burner in) but Steve will be out there continuing to build the alfresco deck ;-)

Hope J has a safe trip to Tas. is it for work?

The tales of J&A said...

Yeah we have been pretty busy ... FINALLY!!! Seems like it has taken forever just to get to this point. Still so much to do after we have this little bit done but at least the backyard will become something a little bit more usable than it is now. The big paving job will come at the end of the year hopefully!!

J heads to Tassie every month to see his kids so it's a social visit. I wish it was for work in this instance but his kids are just as important :-))

Yep Sunday looks like it's going to be horrible!! Good day for snuggling in the big comfy couch and watching TV I reckon!! Poor Steve!!! At least feed him lots of hot coffee to keep him warm :-)) Hope all is well with you.

Bernadette and Perry said...

Awesome progress! Can't wait to see the photos. Working from home huh? Hope no one from work reads your blog.... :-)