In reply to Birdie Wild:
Terrific, Maisie! I bet the birds are watching you and approving! Hope you get a windfall on the lottery, or something, to help with the next stage!
In reply to Rose Marsh:
Next best thing: big general DIY etc bank loan! The starlings and blackbirds are already having a field day bathing on the exposed liner and I can't wait to give them a proper posh place to have their baths. I've already seen my first grey wagtail at the side of the pond so it seems to already be drawing in new wildlife. Sadly because of the hedge you can't see the pond from the house, so we'll definitely be putting somewhere to sit and bird watch out there - maybe even a nice pagodaish thing, but for now I'd settle for a 2-seater bench by the wall with a bit of table in the middle for the cuppa/glass of wine :)
Thanks to everyone for the positive comments so far. I hope the photos and story will be an inspiration to someone to show what you can do with some hard work, imagination and a LOT of rocks!
A closed mouth gathers no foot.
In reply to Maisie:
Rubbish photo from my phone from the weekend. Needless to say there has been no pond progress as even distinguishing the pond from the surrounding area was nearly impossible!
Oh dear I hope all this rain doesn't do too much damage to all your hard work
Of all creatures, man is the most detestable, he is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. ~ Mark Twain
I was going to say stunning on what you have achieved, but boy was that not what I expected to see. Really hope that all is well when you next get to see your creation.
'In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks' John Muir.
Excuse wobbily dyslexic spelling!
In reply to osprey:
It's all survived! Just VERY soggy underfoot. I spent lunchtime barrowing clay through the mud to shore up the area at the edge under the willows to get a flat surface for my nice edging paddle stones that arrive tomorrow. I'll be using some more clay to make a nice 'mouth' for the beach area over the next couple of days.
It is coming on brilliantly Maisie, hope the weather plays nicely for the next bit.
Caroline in Jersey
In reply to Germain:
Sorry to see all that heavy rainfall Maisie and hope once things dry up the only thing that will be flooded is the pond itself, good luck with the rest of your project, looking forward to more photos as the work progresses :)
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
In reply to HAZY:
OMG Maisie. If it freezes you can turn it into a skating rink and sell tickets to help with the cost!
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In reply to Sparrow:
On the plus side, at least the bog garden has proof of concept proved!
Still quite a bit of topsoil to go in there to fill it up.
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