It’s a bobcat. Having a cougar in the back yard (either a real cat or a Mrs. Robinson-esque lady) would be strange. I much prefer the four-wheeled bobcat version we have. A week ago, Ben brought home the bobcat from his work and started digging up the back yard. To get the bobcat up the hill, he had to gently slope the hillside.
After an hour or so, he finally got the hillside finished and came into the yard.
Digging around, pulling the sandy paver base out was easy digging and went quickly.
Over the weekend, Ben really got to work. All the stone retaining walls are too short/unstable/easy to break and don’t have the look we’re going for. See what I mean?
Oh, the cross hatching you see in the picture above? Just the window screen. The boys and I hunkered down in the house. Because broken bits of concrete were flying, we put pieces of foam insulation over the new windows. How much would it suck to shatter a newly installed window?!? So, my peeping Tom vantage points were limited, hence the screen shot.
Digging sand and dirt was the easy part. Lifting giant slabs of concrete, not so much.
Trying to break it with a sledgehammer wasn’t working, so Ben used something with a little more muscle. Lift…
Higher, higher, still higher.
And flip. Broken pieces were easier to hammer to more manageable pieces.
Quitting time for Friday night.
With the fountain out-of-the-way, Ben set out to destroy the patio off the pool house. Which included moving a giant rock. You think I’m kidding when I say giant? Take a look.
That is only the top part of it. Here’s the bottom. Yes, I was cringing and hoping it would work. Ben is tenacious with that bobcat. Oh boys and their toys.
Now we’ve got a giant pile of dirt.
This morning, the concrete cutter came out, cut the pool house opening, and left. More details on that next week!
Progress, but it’s so dirty now. Sand constantly in the house. What does your backyard look like? Or any other large equipment?
7 thoughts on “It’s a Cougar! No, Wait!”
Hmmm, with all that fresh sand, you are likely to get a cougar or real bobcat!
Hopefully we won’t have any fresh sand for much longer. 🙂
omg can i rent your husband for a weekend PLEASE? What are the plans for the yard — a deck or green grass, what does Jack want? 🙂
Ha, he’s a little busy at the moment. 😉 Watering grass here isn’t a cheap option (only city water and we’re too cheap to pay for it for green grass). Instead, we’re planning to pour a large concrete patio (hopefully in the spring!) with crushed limestone for drought resistant plants. We’ll have a limestone boulder retaining wall with a gas fire pit, waterfall feature, and a pergola. At least that’s the plan right now. We’ll see if anything/everything changes. 🙂
I’m so eager to see your plans for all of this space back there!
Yeah, if I were a good wife/blogger I’d draw up some plans, wouldn’t I?!? Gah, can someone make time slow down?
My boys love watching my dad with a bobcat. Our “new” house is a fixer-upper, and the steps going down to the backyard were sloping and pulling away from the house, taking some of the basement wall with them, so they had to go. Here’s the link to that story: http://www.brandonandbeth.blogspot.com/2010/10/project-number-1-repairing.html
And forgive me, I haven’t updated in a YEAR. oops.