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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The good weather today meant we probably should have begun our work year. I felt mildly guilty at not being able to tear myself away from my pond.

In the morning, I had awoken to the memory of some nice river rock that was now hidden against the east wall of the house.

I noticed our sign is also hidden…

…the one that Allan made about this being the historic site of the first double wide in Ilwaco.

I suppose the house needs a bit of washing. NOT pressure washing. I like to do things in a quiet way as much as practical, and the house is manageably small and easy to reach, unlike large local boats that truly do need powerful jets of water.

Here are the rocks I retrieved.

Allan helped me to switch the garden benches. The cat bench ties in with the cat memorial garden that is a rocky beachscape on the other side of the boat.

Even though the shorter bench will allow a better view into the garden bed, it might be too plain.

I realized that with some rearranging of the rock edge of the larger pond, I could create a damp bed for marginal plants.

Skooter was interested in every aspect of today’s project. When scooted away, he chased poor old Frosty all around the garden and up the cat ramp.

While Allan tried to get some office work done, I finished my marginal planting and made a window box pond planter and managed to tip the whole thing over, leaving a skim of soil on the pond. From happy puttering to pond crisis. While I bucketed most of the floating soil out, Allan put together an emergency skimmer from wood and an old t-shirt.

He helped me put the window box back in, this time holding it down till it almost stopped bubbling and was heavy enough to stay in place. Skooter was obsessed with the few remaining bubbles.

Allan and I do have to return to work one of these days soon. I hope we won’t come home one day (or get up in the morning) and find plants tipped into the pond by a curious cat. I think Skooter will have more time to enjoy the pond than I will.

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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Predicted snow did not arrive and so we were able to continue on with the bigger pond. A small land bridge divides the two ponds for several reasons. It will allow me to get to the boat for boat gardening. It lets us avoid a weird L shaped liner fold. And it isolates problems so a leak would be easier to find and fix.

The back garden still had considerable snow.

I raked all around our new work area to remove packed ice.

Those hoses from yesterday were lightly frozen into the smaller pond. When I tossed little smooth rocks on top (to go to the bottom and hide the liner), they just sat.

Allan’s photo:

The second pond had more little rocks to remove (the results of having been a scree garden). Allan deepened the bottom a bit and we sculpted the edges.

Allan’s photos:

Allan is able to hop in and out of the pond more easily than I could.

We siphoned water out of our faucetless rain barrels, bucketed out of others, used every bucket of water we’d had sitting around and every green jug Allan had filled up last week…

…and we still had to use metered water to fill up the last few inches. I could not wait for more rain to see how it looked full.

While the pond filled, I found some marginal pond plants reseeded into the patio (from the water boxes) and potted them up in plain bagged soil, not potting soil, put little rocks on top, and placed the plants at the back of the small pond.  I had hidden the liner there  with some driftwood

There was a sudden crisis when I realized that we had not used the board and level method of making sure the sides were even. The west edge was deliberately higher, but the land bridge was too low for the pond to fill high enough to cover up my pond planters. Fortunately, I had saved a wheelbarrow of the brown sand for just such an emergency. Much rushing about, squabbling, and swearing (mine) ensued but we averted catastrophe and got the land bridge built up and tamped down so that the pond could fill by dark.

I even had time to add just a few rocks.

Snow is again predicted for tomorrow. I hope to have time to work on hiding the liner. We ended up with enough leftover liner and underlayment to make me question our measuring skills. If the extra liner does not have enough of a wide part to make another mini pond or stream, I can use it to make a bog garden. Allan measured it and put it tidily into boxes.

Frosty (age 14) had wanted nothing to do with this icy and challenging project.

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