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Old 04-21-2012, 11:22 PM   #6256
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I think that pile has been sitting under some tarps for about 10 years or so. Frankly, I'm surprised that any of it was still good. Definitely not cabinet grade any more - except for some nice arbutus slabs - but it will be useful for some of the fence.

As the digging progressed, slowly I might add, things started to shape up quite well.
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Kinda messed that up didn't I?

The last photo above shows the area before I did any digging there. That way you will know what I started with.

OK, I think this pic is a better look at the result from the end being fixed up pretty well.
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At this point, things were going far too smoothly. And when that is the case, disaster is usually right around the corner.

This time it was a small pebble rather firmly stuck in the ground. I got what I thought was one corner of this little pebble unearthed, stuck the shovel in and pushed. Didn't budge an inch.

Gave it another push...still no movement..OK, one more time...this time the shovel handle broke.
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Good thing we keep more than one shovel on hand...Home Depot loves guys like me.

After digging around this little chunk of rock, I figured it would be easiest (easiest???) to dig an earth ramp and try to roll the offending pebble out of the way.
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Then using a combination of the big pry bar on a rock, and slowly filling beneath the pebble with dirt, it slowly managed to get raised up.
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It turned out to be just a tad heavier than I first thought, and it was all I could do to get the thing out of the hole and rolled out of the way.
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Next I remembered the reason that the pond had a kink in it at this end. There was the mother of all Douglas fir stumps - along with the various and sundry roots - in the way.

Roots or no, they had to go. The stump itself will stay and should look quite in keeping with the garden at that spot.
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Now I fully realize that if you got some strapping 20 year old muscle bound kid to do this job, he would have had it all wrapped up in maybe 5 or 6 days, what with all the shovel leaning, coffee breaks, smoke breaks, work breaks and every other kind of break.

But old guys like me aren't quite that quick, and this took me nearly three hours all together.

Doesn't look too bad from this side, and all that fill has been H.A. leveled off, and hopefully, a small building will materialize there soon. It will be a moon viewing station, often found in Japanese gardens which have ponds.
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OK now...remember the photo that I messed up with a few posts back? That's how it looked then, and this is how it looks now.
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As usual, I managed to not get a pic of the little seed grown maple in daylight, so this isn't great. It is the replacement for that weed tree where the stream will go into the pond.
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One last shot for the evening - again it was getting quite dark - this one of the blossoms out on the volunteer Bing cherry tree overhanging the pond.
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Now I fully realize that if you got some strapping 20 year old muscle bound kid to do this job, he would have had it all wrapped up in maybe 5 or 6 days, what with all the shovel leaning, coffee breaks, smoke breaks, work breaks and every other kind of break.

But old guys like me aren't quite that quick, and this took me nearly three hours all together.


Doesn't look too bad from this side, and all that fill has been H.A. leveled off, and hopefully, a small building will materialize there soon. It will be a moon viewing station, often found in Japanese gardens which have ponds.
You're kidding, right? If I had 2 other people working with me, it would have taken well into the middle of summer - more like fall - to get this far. It's looking fantastic Keith!

Thanks for posting all the pics. It's really nice to follow along with the progress.

I'm looking forward to seeing the moon viewing station too.
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I'm looking forward to seeing the moon viewing station too.
Me too, except that I don't really know quite what it will even look like just yet.

They are usually just a small seating area, open on one side so you can see the moon, and generally accommodate two or three people.
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A few days ago I spotted a little newt in the pond...and yesterday I saw a pair of them. Tried to get a pic, but to no avail.

This afternoon they were playing around on a small piece of a fir branch.
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The wood bricks I cut a few days ago are used like this.

Lift up the edge of the liners. Then dig down enough so that the wood brick will be just below the surface level of the pond. Sit the wood brick in place and try and tamp it somewhat level.
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