Around the Bend Strawbale House, Pond and Gardens

August 10, 2016

More decks

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The next job was to build the deck at the “diving” end of the pond as well as finish connecting the main house deck over the secondary filter to the end of the pond deck.

August 8, 2016

Steps and seats

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Before the pond got too full we added steps at one end of the pond and underwater seats at the opposite end.

August 4, 2016

Clean up

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The bottom of the pond was particularly gross, slimy, smelly, with rotten leaves, frog poop, and dead frogs and other creatures.  But we scrubbed the liner, pumped water and shop vacuumed it spotlessly clean.  And re-homed lots more frogs.

After that we began to refill the pond.  We called the company that drilled our 300 foot well 10 years before. They assured us that, with the depth of our well and our flow rate, we should have no problem filling the pond from the well, saving thousands of dollars having water trucked in.  The water ran for 6 days straight to fill the pond up.

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August 3, 2016

Frog removal

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The lack of work on the pond itself over the last two years made it a frog haven.  To get to serious clean up, we drained most of the pond, and then we removed over 400 frogs and re-homed them in the Rideau River 5 km away.  Hopefully they won’t try to get back.

August 1, 2016

Pond Plumbing

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We bought the single pond pump in the spring.  Early August saw us figuring out how to hook up all the plumbing between the underwater pond piping set up back in summer of the 2014, through the pump and to the filter.  It all had to work to drain during the winter as well.

July 25, 2016

More upper pond rock work

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July was a time of travel so only a bit got done on the pond.  Mostly rock work.

June 30, 2016

Filter and upper ponds

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In May the pond build started up again.  First we installed a secondary filter.  It will be filled with a snow fence and some floor scrubbing pads to hold beneficial bacteria.  The pond water is pulled down through the gravel and plant roots (primary filter), and some through the skimmer, and then goes through this filter and out into the upper ponds. [Google “skippy pond filter” to find out more.]

Then during June came work on the upper ponds.  Leveling and smoothing the soil to the right depths, building up the gravel bag walls, laying down carpet, then liner, then geotextile, then filling with pea gravel.  Over time all the gravel bags are covered with rock.

April 22, 2016

Winter/spring 2016

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The pond was snowed-in all winter.  Then slowly the snow retreated with left over ice in March which thawed in April, leaving the pond fairly full with snow melt.  This was the level of water we had not yet seen but expect to see when it is complete.

December 31, 2015

Christmas deck 2015

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So we had the crazy idea, because it was such a warm winter to build a deck when the son and daughter were home for Christmas.  First up was prepping the area over the weekends before Christmas.

The day before Christmas it was warm enough to tear apart the old mini deck in shorts.

It got colder, but we pressed on with the footings and beams starting on Boxing Day.

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From there, we started framing all the sections.

AND THEN IT SNOWED

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but we persisted…

and finished it off.

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December 8, 2015

Flagstone landing at the pond

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The disturbingly and unseasonably warm weather has allowed us to keep doing little landscaping jobs well into December.

At the end of the path flowing around the house from the front described in the previous post, is now a flagstone landing. It is where one steps down from the current deck (and next year from the future deck) and leads to the rocks around the pond. It also has a gate separating the dog run part of the yard from the pond itself.  (Dogs can’t go in the pond area unsupervised… the digging instinct is too ingrained.)

 

 

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