Saturday, May 21, 2011

A bit of a change!

When I get an idea into my head, I can be a bit of a nightmare.
Last Wednesday I decided that I wanted to change this end of the garden. 
Which will involve getting rid of the big pond, so this morning we started.
It was jolly hard work and I didn't have time to take photos of all the fishing out of pond plants which I did - besides which I was wet and filthy!

We had to take a sledge hammer to get all the slabs up around it - not an easy task.
I cut a slit either side of the pond liner and we managed to roll it over and pull it out

It was lined with carpet which we had to remove, and some underlay too.
It took most of today for the pond to drain after I had taken out the bulk of the plants.
When we had it cleaned last year, we were told that there were no fish in it whatsoever - hence my decision to turn it into a patio.
My dear husband took some candid camera shots of my fishing!

The frogs and other creatures had walked out as the pond gradually sunk through the layers, but I wanted to make sure that nothing was left in there.
Yes it is worth all the effort - thank you - I did find three fish!

My unlady-like attempts to get up the slippery side and out!
I'll get a neighbour across the road to adopt the fish - he has two ponds.
I filled up two compost bins with pond plants and sludge, it'll rot down so quickly - and I still have a pile at the side - can you see?
After lunch we cleared up all the mess - with just a couple of carpet pieces drying out.
We are suffering a serious drought in out region, the poor lawn is in a bad shape and the bald patch is the soakway which is always green as it's usually full of collected rain water underneath!

Yesterday I dug up all the plants from this raised bed and moved them. 
Another area I have plans for - for middle/late June - this bed will be moved!
Watch this space!


  1. Phew! I feel tired too just looking at the photos!
    I'm so nosey, love looking at other peoples' gardens.
    Have a lovely weekend.

    Sandie xx

  2. I don't suppose you fancy coming to mine for a visit. My garden needs sooooooo much work and you look like you are just the lady for the job! I wanted DH to help do the pond earlier in the year but it's full of tadpoles now so that has to wait another year.
    Jack xx

  3. Sorry your crafting mojo has gone on walkabout. I really enjoyed your journalling and your flower arranging is just fabulous. Funnily enough I wanted to do something with that little Art Journey stamp but couldn't think of what so what I always do is have a look at the Feline Playful blog and find a sketch I like, then start from there.
    And I ought to tell you that I own your bantams by proxy, lol. I'm not allowed chickens/bantams myself so I keep an eye on yours.
    Take care
    Jack xx

  4. Hiya! Jack told me about your blog so I thought I'd pop by for a visit :-) Fab blog - looking forward to seeing what you do! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx


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