The good weather has helped no end and today was another scorcher. By 10pm tonight, Joey and Phoebe (pair of ducks) were taking their first splashy bath in their new pond!
After all the digging, raking, rock smashing and rock removal, it was a very exciting to eventually get to the stage that we could move to the next stage. Even the cat was in the pond helping to dig those big red rocks.
We gave up with the excavation, as it looked like it could have gone on forever. The gaping hole got filled in and pond making proper began.
With a bit more levelling, we were soon able to rake out the gravel, sweep over the layer of soil and we left one large boulder in a corner, just in case anything fell into the pond and needed an extra foothold to get back out of it.
Scruffy cat had a great time playing in there this afternoon!
We have used an old carpet to cover the bottom of the pond in the hope that it will prevent any stones from bursting the liner.
Next, we unfolded the liner and laid that over the top of the carpet to form the base for our duck pond. It has had to be dug to a depth of about 60cm but it gradually slopes to the sides, to allow the ducks to get in and out easier. Hopefully, their nails won't burst the liner.
A couple of times, Scruffy cat got too close and ended up with wet paws, but it was mainly because the midges had appeared and puss thought it would be fun to try and catch some of them!
It isn't anywhere near completed, as we still need to do the pipes and then pave around the edge. I also have willow for planting off to one side of it and would like a few water-loving plants. Having seen a spectacular pond surrounded by irises and other such flowers, my sights are set on smething similar, albeit on a much smaller scale.