Yes, the big ditch has been dug, loaded with conduit and piping and, since this photo was taken, refilled. I now have electrical and plumbing points of connection to the back fence. More importantly, I have the aquathermal system finally taking shape. All the relevant parts now run from their supply and return points to the house. Quietly efficient plumbers and electricians are now hooking all that stuff to machines that have sat unused in the basement for months. At least that’s what I think they are doing down there. The end could be near. Or not.