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June, 2003, Update, moved, bye pond. The water lilies were starting and the Fish (G1-4), Norbert and Dag had in fact grown well. Bye Pond, over to new people. new place, as yet nothing. We are considering some pond options but that's a next year maybe project.

Christmas 2002 Update, OK we have fish, see below:  Gotta find a point to say enough and to be honest I have had enough of the pond for now. Yes it will look really cool next year when everything flowers. However, one small problem, we are selling our House in the spring... Oh well, enjoy...

Old Bits...

 

Had to remove some of this section for space, yes, 25 MB, yes full...

Pond, POND ya say, well all right... 

New bits: 

OK before we dive into the photos, first a little history and background. I have always wanted a "water feature" in the garden but up to now, time and money did not allow. Well, finally we decided it was time, a practice one in this property to see what's so difficult about digging a hole and putting water in it. After much discussion we decided that a small pond (glorified waterfall) would look good. Mary already had her eye on a couple of bushes she wanted dead anyway so the location was easy.

 

 

This is just opposite our back doors and patio, OK so the plant's died really quickly (before we decided to take Photo's) but you get the idea...

 

 

 

 

 

You can also see the pipe from the sprinklers here... It may prove beneficial but it's gotta be moved

and now laying the back wall, don't want it to slip into the fence after all...

 

 

Thanks for the assistance Rob, I think you particularly liked the motivational beer breaks :-)

 

 

 

 

 

Well moving along a bit (and a day or so) we moved in the wood to act as a retaining wall until we could afford the stone. The frame in the middle is "supposed" to act as a retaining wall and former for the top section, You can see the hole down for the center/lower section. Can you see the problem?, what will happen when I fill in the sides with heavy earth and try to compact...

 

 

 

 

Ahhhh s&*t, way too thin and flimsy... plus we did not give it the time to settle, plus the earth at the bottom was mostly bark mulch etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

But what the heck, in with the liner, pump and a few left over patio bricks, voila... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have stone, well most of it, 2 truck loads (about a ton) then wheel barrowing it round the house... but good bye wood.

 

 

Ahh the last of the stone installed. Ha what am I saying, last of that load maybe, need at least another half ton, maybe slightly more...

But it's Autumn... will the weather hold...

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK let's see here, valve for the main flow... T to hose pipe for emptying, and that other pipe, sprinkler system (with valve), fill's really quickly :-). Also the flow from the hose pipe empties the pond in under an hour.

Dam, white coupler, couldn't find a black one...

 

 

 

Ok are you ready for a shock here, picture April 1st, Monday Morning, brilliant sunshine... The winter stopped us dead in our tracks, hope for late Autumn... ha, it's Oregon man, the rain's came. Glad we had the hose pipe as the pond kept filling up, I have since added a temporary overflow and will be making it permanent when the concrete's out. So back to that sunny morning, call in to work and get the day off (Thanks Tom). Pull it all apart... what you say, yes I say... 

Problem, Those sides of the pond, they just sank down. I was never going to be able to get a stable foundation on that. The soil never compacted and the sides just kept crumbling.

Solution, Building blocks... yup, emptied the pond and pulled the liner, cut back 8 inches on the upper level and lined the inside with building blocks. The neat thing is they do not go all the way up the sides, they end under the water level. Fold over black liner, add cap stone or rock etc and no liner show's...

So why no photo's, I worked solidly from 8:00am to 8:00pm, bought, loaded, unloaded and wheel barrowed 25 building blocks, 200 lbs cement, 20 cap stones, and 800 lbs of rock. Mix in the digging and moving of earth and I was knackered. (This is an excuse, actually I forgot)

 

Dam, still need more stone !, Just finishing the touches on the temporary waterfall Mk VII.

By now I am totally knackered, and is that, yup the sunburn. April 1st 2002, a record?.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So water flowing again, cannot move arms, pain ...

 

 

 

 

 

To Come:

Well let's see. I still have to do the following:

Electrics, Finish flat stone work, waterfall, sprinklers, plants, bark Mulch ... and the list goes on.

May 27th, some updates:

So as you can see we finally got some plants went mad on a sunny holiday weekend...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We know, the climbers need help, trying to locate a suitable container and have not finished the water fall yet. We think one more small load of stone to fill in the gap's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, for a first attempt, we're fairly content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ha first bloom, 24 hours. So fish?...