I always see these goofy photos and videos on the news of politicians "working" when doing a groundbreaking ceremony for some fancy new building - or in the case of Seattle this insanity called the "viaduct tunnel". I won't get into that!
I couldn't get any famous astronomers to come over and break ground with a golden shovel, so I just simply started cutting out the 11 x 11 foot square.
The turf in the yard isn't very deep, and there is a layer of rock underneath. I'm sure this is going to be a painful process, but gotta do it.
After the square is cut, the next thing to do is dig a hole in the middle for the pier. I have some ideas on how to do the pier this time. Mostly with a steel pipe bolted down to a deep foundation of some type. More on that later, and more photos as work continues.