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The Pond

by cjj on October 1, 2011

The Pond

New plants around the pond

Yesterday, except for the wind, the weather was quite nice. We took the opportunity to do a bit of work around the pond.
First off, a whole trailer load of sandy loam went into the space between the fence and the pond. There is a row of stones along the wire fence that will help hold the dirt in place.
The best part of the job was rearranging the rocks along one side so that the black plastic won’t show. We had to also rebuild the wall behind the plastic to make this happen. It took all day to do this short section, and to plant the grasses into the stone wall. The overflow of the pond is just there too, so we also planted some swamp plants that should really thrive.

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A Frosty Morning

by cjj on June 25, 2011

J was up early this morning and ventured outside. It was good of him to take the camera. Frosts are beautiful, and around here, and usually means a clear sunny day, which it was.

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Pond's first resident.

The pond's first resident.

We were putting some plants into the pond today, and this little frog came out from under a rock, and swam all around. Besides a drowned mouse, and plenty of insects, this is the first real resident to move in. We were pleasantly surprised to see more birds today than usual, and they were focusing on the pond. A scissors grinder was there (haven’t seen one of them for a few years). A wagtail spent ages catching insects over the water, flying from rock to rock around the edge of the pond. There was also a flame tale finch.

The frogs around here are nearly always green, or brown about to turn green. I have no idea what type of frog this one is.

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The Pond .. day 1

by cjj on March 25, 2011

The pond

Our new pond, starting to take shape

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Pond progress

by cjj on March 21, 2011

We got all this done in an afternoon and an evening.

First we had to go into town to buy the sand … the concrete and garden supply shop was open but no one was there, so, after wondering around a bit to have a look at what they had, I rang the mobile number on the sign at the gate, and the fellow was home having lunch. So trusting! We had to wait a little while so we did some shopping, had a salad sandwich at the bakery, and a cup of coffee, and then went to get the sand.

The pictures tell the rest of the story. We spread a layer of sand so there would be no risk of stones or sticks putting holes in the plastic liner. Then the liner, then the water: 2 hoses from 2 water tanks, certainly took a long time even though it’s not very deep. It was a really pleasant warm evening, tried to rain every now and again. I couldn’t resist taking my boots off and walking into the water. It was deliciously cool and fresh. While I was there I tried to even out some of the creases in the plastic.

The next stage of the project will be to make it blend into the environment with more rocks and plants. That will be great fun!

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We have been very busy lately trying to get this project finished. (We started it years ago!!!) We have been out into the paddocks again collecting rocks, and putting them carefully into place to make a dry stone wall surrounding a shallow hole. The hole couldn’t be any deeper because there are too many tree roots in the way.
It will be lined with sand, than black plastic. All the edges will be disguised so the the plastic doesn’t show, and it will have lots of water plants. The still water will reflect the peppercorn tree that is already well established. It will be so nice. I really wanted to simply post a photo of the finished pond, but it is taking too long, and I can’t not post about it because it has been a big part of my life lately.

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Claude Monet’s ponds

by cjj on November 22, 2010

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