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!
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?