Monday, July 9, 2012

~~~DISASTER in the Backyard!!!~~~

 I know this picture is not the picture of disaster, but I wanted to EASE gently into this. As you know, we have to have a whole new septic system installed to sell this house. The laws have changed since we built this house, 28 years ago. This is NOT something we want to do but we have to. So this beautiful, pink azalea is one of the bushes that has been sacrificed. This is how it looked this Spring. And this beautiful Japanese maple is still standing but wait til you see what has happened around it.
 This is a view looking down from the back deck towards the pond. The grassy area you see in this shot is GONE. You'll see that soon.
 This is the circle in the yard and the bush that is leaning Will be gone tomorrow. There is now a HUGE, mountain of dirt there as you will see.
THIS is the woods!!!!! They took 2 huge 100 foot trees down then CLEARED all the underbrush in the area for the drain field. There are 4 LARGE pipes here now.

 These are the pipes going from the house to the drian field.
 The drain field covered back up. I wonder how many years it will take for the woods to fill in again???? It hurts my heart.
 This is the HUGE digging machine that is sitting in the back yard right off the deck.
 This hole is probably 8 feet deep. Oh my Lord. It will hold the new tank.

 This almost caused REAL disaster! When they were digging here, they uncovered the 2 pipes that come out from the house from the geothermal heat pump and also the plumbing and septic. But when they uncovered them they knocked them backwards and BROKE one so water was pouring out. It LOOKED like it was coming from INSIDE the house but after alot of running around and fright, they discovered it was broken OUTSIDE and were able to fix it. Thank God, that would have meant ALOT of problems!!!! Too many to list here.

 The new tank being lowered into the hole.

 In place.
 And now the pipes from the house are connected, inside that pipe.
 This 20 foot rhodo had to be sacrificed too. It is the one right off the deck that is always COVERED in blooms. We MAY be able to salvage it and move it to another location.
 THIS huge pile of dirt is in the circle I showed you early in the post.
So, that is where we are today. Tomorrow they will be back to finish, then they will regarde, reseed, and Joe will try to make the yard presentable again. I feel so bad for him. He really has put his heart and soul into this yard for all these years. Well, we both have really.I hate to see him upset with this mess but I know he will make it as beautiful as possible for the new owners.
Thanks so much for stopping by and for following us on this journey! I will show you where we are on the NEW house soon. They HAVE dug the hole and today were supposed to start doing the footings. I hope we can get there tomorrow night and get some more pics that I can share with you. XO, Pinky


  1. Wow, that must have cost a fortune. I can imagine how terrible you both feel about losing those mature bushes!
    And this is a hard time of year to get grass to grow too.
    My sympathy, Pinky!
    How long will it take to build your new place?

  2. Oh, that makes ME sick so I can't imagine how YOU TWO must feel.
    What a shame to dig up your beautiful yard. I'm so sorry you are going through this mess.

  3. Oh my heart!!! Your beautiful yard!!! It will all be done soon and fixed up. It won't be the same but it will be done. I know it is hard to watch. Hang in there and think of the new yard you will have soon!! How are the showings going? I have been sending prayers your way! Did you bury a St. Joseph yet?

  4. Oh, no, Pinky! I'm so sorry and sad to see your beautiful yard all dug up and your pretty trees and plants cut down. I hate this for you and know it must be hard with all the love you've put into it all these years. Well, it's done now so rejoice and try to move on. I know it's not easy.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. ahhh bless. I am so sorry ya'll had to have this done. so much hard word and care gone in only a few hours..

    I know it will be beautiful again soon and I am wishing that for ya'll.

  6. Pinky,
    My heart aches for you, dear friend! We went through a similar (much smaller scale) situation when we had to have the sewer replaced here nearly three years ago! Hold on to each other in these trying times. Focus on what is ahead. New horizons are brightly appearing!

  7. So sorry, I know this has been stressful and heartbreaking, After you have had time to regroup I know you will make it beautiful again!! Blessings

  8. Oh Pinky...this must be so hard to watch. Isn't upset and turmoil so awful. We crave stability and peace in our lives and times like this are so difficult. Each day, you will see it get better. Blessings my friend.

  9. Oh I feel your pain. Ours wasn't quite that bad this past spring. We only lost grass and gained mud. I am so sorry for the trees and bushes. It will be better.. xo marlis

  10. Oh my Pinky, I cannot even begin to imagine how you must be feeling.

    Is there some way you can save the rhodie and plant it at your new place? It would be wonderful if you can. We had over 20 years of work in our yard in the back pasture of our farm. We wish now we could have moved some of the plantings. One in particular was a beautiful blue spruce, J rescued from a dumpster. He lived on the farm from birth until 2003 and I lived there 20 years. Our hearts were broken when we returned to find our home and all those gorgeous plantings had been bulldozed for development. That was our only trip back.
    So, with that said, I hope you can move the rhodie to your new home.

  11. Oh my goodness. it's the last thing you needed. how sad to see your lovely plants ruined. I hope some this can be saved.

  12. Pinky, What trauma! Your poor beautiful yard!!!! You have gone through so much to sell your home and get into your new one!!!!
    I'll give you a call today!

  13. saying a prayer for you just now and sending over positive energy and sunny vibes, my friend.

    hope you can stop by when you have a free moment to take a peek at my giveaway:

    have a beautiful day!


  14. Oh, dear! What a mess. Having been hit by a tornado last year, I well know the angst of having beautiful plantings victimized by nature/necessity.

  15. its really very difficult to imagine about any type disaster am really get scared whenever i heard about such disaster news in nearby our area....

  16. Oh dear, Pinky. I can feel your heart aching. I know how much you love your yard and landscaping...This soon will pass. I'm excited to hear about your new home!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  17. These pics are so hard to look at. I can just feel your heartbreak over losing so much of your beautiful landscaping!

  18. Oh no...just hate those unexpected things that you have to take care of when selling a home...Such a shame about the loss of the beautiful azalea and others....Good thing the house did not flood!!!
    Hang in there!!!

  19. Aww, I hate that it had to be removed. I guess on the bright side you'll be moving so you won't have to look at that spot everyday.


Thanks you for leaving your lovely comments. xo, Pinky

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