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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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Our creek

by cjj on January 15, 2011

The catchment and creek that runs behind our place

The catchment and creek as it approaches our place.


the creek running past the back of our house as it is today

The creek running past the back of our house as it is today.


The creek in 'flood' in winter this year

The creek in 'flood' in winter this year.

This is about as full as the creek gets behind our place. The top of the catchment is only about 2km away. Only once have we seen the water washing across the paddock about 30cm deep. It can get away too quickly to be a flood threat to us. There is a drop of about 3m down to the creek. And the whole paddock is below us too. So that would be a lot of water from that small catchment before we got flooded.

And besides it hardly rains here. It rains east west north and south, but not here! There was an unprecedented 6 inches when we were away in October, but since we’ve been home, not much. So we have paddocks full of thistles, but a nice green lawn around the house. Because the thistles are so dense, I can’t get out there to get a clearer photo of the creek. You can see from the winter time photo what the terrain is like. There wasn’t much grass then ay?

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Canal du Midi – little village

by cjj on December 29, 2010

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Canal du Midi was very long. I will have lots of movies of it. This one is about 5 minutes long, and at one stage we float on through a village. There was so much to see along the canal, it seems a shame we didn’t stop at this village, but we were planning to stop at the next one, and we had to get through the locks before the lock keepers knocked off.

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