Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Have shovel.....will travel

My "mother's day" present was a stream. And I was thrilled with it. So on Sunday morning (bright and early I might add) Todd got busy and dug my stream.




Sorry I don't have to many in process photos:





The upper pond was filled in with stone (to creat the bog filter that will keep the big pond with the fish crystal clear here in about a week), rubber hose was laid, and the stream was dug. It's still not finished (we need more stone in the upper pond to raise the water level a little), and I need to finish putting rocks in and around the stream bed, but......it's functional.




This weekend Todd is building me a bridge over the stream. When we get around to finishing the concrete for the sidewalk, we will be able to get into the house through the basement to take off boots and heavy coats in the winter. And they will be out of my kitchen.


While he did that (because shovels do not fit my hands) I weeded most of my flowerbeds, cut down high weeds in the new flower bed and started raking it smooth, and transplanted a bunch of flower.


Tyler has already asked if his army guys can go white water rafting.....and we have 3 friends/acquaintances/neighbors who want water gardens put in.....

22 comments:

Cheryl said...

Wow, happy Mother's Day to you! This will really be beautiful, especially when the fish are in and everything has grown up!

Valerie said...

Oh this is going to be so beautiful. I love it.

Patty said...

I love this!
Several years ago we had a small pond, maybe 5-feet in diameter, which we kept gold fish in. At night we would go out and watch the fish swim; sometimes turtles would go into the pond to eat the fish.

APA said...

Oh, look at that, Kris! It's awesome. I think a stream is a perfectly wonderful Mother's Day gift...and the man to put it in with a shovel that fits him so well...a good and dear companion. :) It is going to look knockout gorgeous...already does. Love it!

Let the rafting begin!

Ana :)

Shorty said...

Very cool! I can't wait to see more pics. And, I'm totally envious that you have something so gorgeous and natural to gaze at each day. I would love to hear the water trickling... Ahhh...maybe some day we'll have a bigger yard. :)

scrappy quilter said...

Oh my, it is awesome. I love it. Can't wait to see more pictures. Enjoy!!

Janice said...

How fun!! You will have such a relaxing place to sit and meditate.
What a great present. I wish I was your neighbor to come sit with you and relax at your pond.

warren said...

A lovely swimming pool indeed!

That looks like a great project! I am def. jealous!

Nancy M. said...

It looks so awesome! I would love to have the ponds and stream and bridge. I've always wanted something like that. Shovels don't fit my hands too well either, lol!

Kristie said...

What a wonderful gift! Your ponds are beautiful! Lot's of hard work!
Kristie

farm mom said...

Very nice!! Isn't it amazing how much better that shovel fits in hubby's hands? ;)

Vintage Girl said...

Lucky you! Looks great, you all did an awesome job. Enjoy! Blessings, Heather

SewAmy said...

omg, I am jealous. I really like the brigde.

em's scrapbag said...

It looks fabulous. You lucky girl, a lovely stream and getting rid of clutter in the kitchen. WOW! How cool is that?

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

Its very pretty! And it looks very relaxing, too!

Lindsey said...

You lucky girl...what a great idea...
please post progress pictures...can't wait to see the end result.

Julie said...

I can imagine sitting out there in a lawn chair this summer with a glass full of iced tea and enjoying the sound of frogs, birds and your little stream! Its looking great. Beautiful water iris.

Niki RuralWritings said...

what a wonderful and original mother's day gift! Lucky girl!
Have a great day
Niki

Sherri said...

It's so wonderful!!! Lucky you! And you'll have to take a picture of the white water rafting!!!

Philigry said...

that looks so nice! you are one lucky lady! great job, todd. too bad you don't live closer.

Scottie and Patty said...

Awesome Work! This will be a beautiful piece of work when eveything starts to grow. Much enjoyment and happiness.

Linda said...

Oh my good gravy! I love this project! I have always loved the sound of running water and this is a beautiful way to get it close to home.
Can Todd come to Iowa and make one for me? :)