...and took its first bite:
And, after several mouthfulls:
The cutest and most hard-working little piece of machinery to exist, a bobcat:
And after three days of excavating, flattening out and shifting dirt and rock, me 9.5 feet under!
Mr Almost-16 by the scaffolding-clad hole:
AND after three days and nights of endless rain, these are the footings for the future retaining wall:
We didn't really want a lane pool in the beginning, but whether we like it or not, we have one now!
And more water; this is after draining and clearing some of the collapsed walls the last two days:
Despite what the tradespeople are saying, I don't think this will be concreted-in any time soon...
If you enlarge this last image you will see a big bucket and a shovel used to remove collapsed mud. Those tired and wet tradespeople gave up after a while.
And as I write this post there is an absolute down-pour outside. I am having to think bigger and deeper about our predicament. Is this payback for disturbing Mother Nature, by excavating out so much earth? I promise to plant many trees, bushes, shrubs, whatever it takes, just Please Stop Raining! And yes, the drought in our neck of the woods has broken and the nearby dam that provides half of Sydney with its water supply is at almost 75% capacity. So, Please Stop Raining, I pray, I beg, I plead...
I will keep you posted.