I hope this is the right place. When we first bought the house the yard was disgusting, they had used one back corner to dump garbage and broken glass. It took one whole summer to get rid of 98% of it, we still find some has risen to the surface after a rain or after winter is over. It started out I wanted a fish pond, got a decent one off of Craig's list and we put it in. Found an old hand pump at the flea market and used that for the water entering the pond. The next summer we decided on a small deck beside the pond.
The next summer we wanted a pergola on the deck and a little fence to keep the dogs out of the garden. This summer I wanted a larger pond, at least the lowest part enlarged. We couldn't spend $300 on a pond liner right now so I found a swimming pool liner for $20 bucks and hit the local farmers for rocks. Just finished the pond today. While Bill was placing rocks where he wanted them I built a couple of trellis for the cucumbers in the garden.
The little fence around the garden, the trellis, the privacy fence behind the pond, and the little raised bed in front of the pond were all built using pallet lumber.
So....that's what I've been doing with my summer vacation....so far. I've added a before shot of the backyard. This is after we cleaned it up, but before we had built anything.