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Old 04-20-2012, 02:21 AM   #6241
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Some early growth on the coral bark Japanese maple.
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A couple more from the wife's garden.

I think they are narcissus.
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Sunset from a couple of evenings ago - not a lot of choice at this time of year.
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Two or three days ago I noticed what looked like the upper pond liner raising itself off the bottom of the pond. I was sure it wasn't an optical conclusion so I collected a bunch of rocks from the beach and tossed them all over the pond. It only worked partially.

I finally figured out that it must have been all the rain we have had since the top liner went in, which was falling on the original liner and filling the space between the two.

So I thought well, if I can pump the water between the two liners out of that space and on to the top liner that should to the trick.

Now, some time ago, this super nice guy down in Tennessee sent me an equally nice bilge pump. Thinking that this might just be the cat's whiskers to do the job, I ran a 12 volt line down from the cabin to the pond and hooked the pump up.

Too bad I didn't get a photo of when the pump first started running! Wow, that sucker really works. By the time I thought of a photo, there was almost no water left between the liners. It did a great job, and now the top liner has set itself back down on the bottom again.

THANKS JIM!
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Man, what a fantastic breath of fresh air, your pond, the fresh digging in the dirt, the beautiful flowers and sunset, that is such a comforting feeling, I can almost smell that dirt.

Buddy, I am glad you could use the pump, it is the other way around, I thank you for the fantastic gift you gave me.
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The wind has veered from the north west (coming in to the bay) around to the south, which means calm in the Japanese garden.

I just got the big pile of dirt all screened, now to get rid of all the junk I screened out.

Then get some soil mixed and hopefully - if this lovely sunshine holds - get a few plants in the ground.
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No ancient artifacts to declare???
If yes...then Sh-h-h-h-h-h!
The place will be crawling with University-type researchers.
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No ancient artifacts to declare???
If yes...then Sh-h-h-h-h-h!
The place will be crawling with University-type researchers.
Unfortunately no.

But there is a property on the island that the owners found some old human skulls on about 20 years ago. It might have been an old Indian burial ground.

The R.C.M.P. told them to keep quiet about it, otherwise the place would be crawling with natives from one of the local reserves. Then, no doubt all hell would break loose.

Could be fun...maybe I should have a chat with the local chief...hmmm.
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Not much in the way of pics tonight I'm afraid. I spent a big part of the day with chainsaw in hand taking out some ratty looking arbutus, chopped them up and had a big bonfire.

The small header pond area is now all cleared out (photo) and I started to get a few plants in the ground.

There was an old weed tree at the end of the pond where the header stream will feed it, so that needed to come out. I swear I have never seen such tough roots for such a small tree.

I planted one of the seed grown Japanese maples in its' place...much, much tidier looking.
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Busy day today, especially since the sun was out this morning.

First thing I did this morning was to make up some otter wood. Never heard of otter wood? That's good, because you don't really ever want to need any.

A few days ago, late at night, I heard what sounded like a couple of squirrels racing around on the decks outside. Except squirrels are usually quiet at night.

Evidence the next morning indicated we had been visited by otters overnight. They love to get underneath open spaces below the cabins here. I have no idea why they do this, but when they leave their calling card, you know all about it.

Time, therefore, for some otter wood.

To my knowledge, this is the first time in all the years we have been here, to be blessed with such a nocturnal visit. I hope it's the last.

This wood needs to be pre-stained before I nail it on, and when it gets done I'll show you.
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Next up was to make some short fence posts which will go behind the pond. And yes, they will be on the proper line!

Added some wood treatment to stretch their life a little.
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I have worked out a way (I hope) of delineating the outside line of the pond without everything collapsing into the pond.

The first part of which will be some treated wood "bricks", which will be hidden under the first liner. More about these later when I try to install a few.
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Part of this delineation will be the use of some cut clay tiles, used in a similar fashion as in the garden. Only had 10 left, so cut them in half to make them go further. If I can find some more up at the used building recycler I will grab them.
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The real work started when I decided to tackle some serious leveling and earth moving at the north end of the pond.

Here I have just made a small dent thus far.
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Before proceeding much further, it was necessary to move a small woodpile out of the way of the soon-to-be newly minted ground.
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