Our Christmas tradition is to build something or do a project – we both have a couple of days off at this time of year, everyone else is busy doing stuff so we can build things.
This year it was a duck pond.
With the help of our friend Andrew we shifted two mountains of earth that a man with a digger had dug out of the pear garden many months ago when we really hadn’t finalised a duck pond plan. The hole he dug was much, much, much bigger than the pond we ended up getting!
These were the mounds of earth before we started – the are much bigger than they look – especially when you are moving them with spades. This is an old photo as the Ixworths are in it.
We dug and dug and set the pond although we didn’t realise that you need to fill a pond with water before you back fill around it or it bends due to the pressure of the earth – oh well – they ducks don’t mind.
By the end of Christmas Day we had set the ponds and got rid of all the earth and started to lay the stones.
On boxing Day we finished the stones (more or less – we didn’t quite have enough for the far back right-hand corner)
and then yesterday James got the waterfalls running.
They love it. I love that they love it. Best Christmas present ever …..
Here is another little video – aren’t I all technical today??
They love it so much they did what ducks do when they want to make ducklings!