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Friday, 3 October 2014

THE POND. (03/10/14)

Yesterday was a day for celebration. I am staying with a friend of mine. He has a caravan site not far from York and for the last couple of years has wanted a big pond. The top half of the site is all clay but when they dug some exploratory trenches across the proposed site for the pond they hit gravel so that appeared to be the end of that. A couple of days ago whilst sorting some land drains the machine was fetching up blue clay. Perfect for a pond. A proper pond machine was fetched in and already the 10,000m2 pond is taking shape. It’s all a bit of a rush as heavy rain is forecast and muck shifting on wet ground is far from desirable. The machine drivers expressed much the same opinion but in fewer words.

_MG_3724   The pond maker.

_MG_3723    Much quicker than a shovel.

_MG_3726   He should be about finished today. Then in a year or two it will be a haven for insects, frogs and newts. The mallard are queuing up already.

I don’t usually post other peoples work but someone sent me this yesterday.

DOREEN’S STORY   There are several in the series and I enjoyed them.

Have a great weekend.

29 comments:

  1. HI Adrian That looks like it is going to be a huge pond more like a lake!

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    1. It's a small pond for Yorkshire. If you are havong a pond then it's worth having a big pond.

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  2. Have a great weekend ahead. I hope to see some after shots, once it's finished.

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    1. Mersad, it will be great when it's done and has settled in.

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  3. That pond looks like becoming a lake. Either way it should be a great place to visit in a few years.
    Doreen had me in stitches!

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    1. John, it is a serious bit of pond, too big to line. The clay is perfect and is already holding water from a field drain. They are going crackers. Back hoes grading the sides and the dozer dragging more clay. The muck shift boss is using an iPad for weather radar. Like Formula1 muck shifting it is.

      Doreen is brilliant.

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  4. Great to see earthmovers endeavoring to create living environments instead of...well...you know.

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    1. R.Mac, it is unbelievable the amount of paper work that is involved with making a pond.
      Last year I suggested diverting a land drain as farmers in the UK are allowed to spread nitrates and they kill fish and frogs.
      This pond has outline planning permission subject to four pages of restrictions. One is don't flood farmers fields.
      It doesn't say that if farmers spray and fertilize then they should be responsible. I am. You are. Even priests are.... A bit.
      Our PM is now offering yet more sweeties. He hasn't got through implementing the daft promises he dreamt up had six years ago. Less meddling and fiddling. More action. I bet that is what his wife says.

      When it's full of water they will send a couple of numpties from York or Durham university to check the water. They will write another four pages. It is really not worth the hassle.

      He wants a pond.

      T

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  5. My mother was called Doreen so I didn't appreciate the link. She was the opposite of a lazy cow. I hope that pond is now dug as the weather experts seem certain we are to be deluged in the next twenty four hours. Where's my life jacket?

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    1. YP, I didn't mean to insult your mum. Not all Doreens are the same and this one is a comedienne. I was surprised you picked up on her saying "Lazy Cow". Brum is a lazy and hard language.
      I forgot. Your daughter is now a Brummy,

      The digger men have found a wee patch of sandy gravel they are puddling a yard of clay over it. I will leave them to it. It's a skilled job is pond digging and clay puddling.

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    2. The lass is called Gill Jordan. Spot on she is. Or should the last two words be Shezzzze.

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  6. What fun. When we were becoming discouraged about finding the lakeside property we wanted (but did eventually find), we started considering land with a pond. Water soothes the soul.

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    1. Hilary, it is just about to start raining so I'll see if it works.

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  7. Man made ponds are okay but I'm not exactly sure that they're the best in most situations. Many things that you don't photograph yet will be lost...micro life can never be replaced. I hope everybody is satisfied with the results

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    1. Red, you could be right but I think it will be an enhancement.

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  8. That's an impressive lake, I can't believe the hoops people who wish to create a lake have to go through yet it would be easier to erect 80 homes there perverse or what?
    Is the bloke using it for jet skis, fishing or just create a habitat?

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    1. Douglas, just a habitat but I expect folk will fish it. I have not heard that he is considering stocking it. There are power lines over it so that will stop fishers.

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  9. Será un buen estanque. No se que dice esta mujer Adrian., parece que pide ayuda.
    Nos vamos una semana a ver Oporto que en Julio me fastidiaron.
    Volveré;))
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Laura, será maravilloso en Oporto este momento.

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  10. Wonderful idea to have a pond.Hope it turns out well.

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    1. Ruby, it will turn out to be a real attribute to this place.

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  11. A pond will be wonderful!

    That thing looks kind of fun to drive, doesn't it?

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    1. Betsy, I have never driven one. It looks a skilled job.

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  12. Looks more like a lake than a pond...? He could keep crocodiles instead of newts.

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    1. Frances, I'll suggest crocodiles, I can see advantages to them over newts. They would keep the number of children down and be easier to find.

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  13. Makes my wee pond effort look very feeble but then I have got a rather large expanse of sea to play with too.

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    1. Graham, he has never done things by halves.

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  14. Water is always good for everyone.

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