Another part of our contingency money is being put to good use: we are getting a sprinkler system in our back yard. Since I didn't chronicle the process very much when they did the front yard, How about I show you now?
They started on our anniversary--Thursday. They brought in a skid steer with a trencher attached, which looks like a massive chain saw. Then they cut into the ground leaving great big trenches. We were pretty glad to be gone that day because this thing is noisy! The only problem with being gone and not there to babysit them: they tore right into my flower bed, completely destroying the new peonies and pink shasta daisies I had just barely planted. *pout.* Oh well; my budding little herb garden made it, which I really do prefer over the flowers anyway.
After they dug the trenches, they put in the pipes--long white PVC pipe with a softer black hose to the heads. Then they filled the trenches plus raked up the rocks plus smoothed the dirt out in one fell swoop with this awesome claw-like rake thingy on their skid steer.
We have high hopes for our back yard: hopefully sometime in the future (perhaps next summer) we will be able to build our raised beds for the garden. I'm hoping to collect all kinds of starts of perennials and bushes this Fall so I can finish the landscaping. Thanks to some very generous gifts from our Grandparents, the trees have already been funded (although they have not been purchased yet). We are hoping there will be enough left in contingency to buy sod for the backyard. But... that'll be another post!