Thursday, April 29, 2010

Big Weekend Project

Last weekend I got a wild hair and decided to re-do the pond and stream we have outside our house. It's been leaking for a while now so I knew there was a hole in the liner somewhere. Dave humored me and helped but little did I know it would take two full days! The worst part was catching all 26 of the fish and they weren't happy about being cooped up in a 5-gallon bucket.

This is what the pond looked like as we were getting started. The pond plants were quite overgrown and eventually had to be pulled out in one big mass with the 4-wheeler. There was also so much muck that the siphon hose kept getting plugged.

Here are Dave and Gabe trying to catch the last 5 of the fish. Those little buggers made it through all of the dragging, stomping, and pulling to get the matted plants out of the pond. As far as I know there weren't any casualties...

This is the pond with the new liner. It didn't take long to fill but the work was in the rocks. Stacking all those rocks on the ledge and around the top was back-breaking work...for Dave of course! lol

...Finally, a picture of the finished pond. It has a 15 foot stream that dumps into the pond with a little waterfall. It looks so much better and I'm hoping I don't have to do that again for another 7 years!

It's always so beautiful in the summer when the plants and flowers are in bloom. My little piece of serenity.


Catherine said...

Oh I LOVE this post! I'm a pond junkie! I'd have DH dig me a big one at this house if I hadn't made him do it at the last house and he swore he'd never do another. I had to settle for some little underground fountains instead. I'm still working on him though ;)

I LOVE your pond and can totally relate to how much work it is. Especially fixing/cleaning. Seems to be more work than building from scratch. And always takes much longer than anticipated.

Great job though! I'm so jealous. You will totally enjoy it this summer now that it's done!