Thursday, May 22, 2008
Exercise and the Koi Pond creation
I hate Exercise and it’s not exactly a secret. Doing all those repetitious gyrations and movements might look OK on TV but me doing it, sort of reminds me of crop rotation.
Anyhow, about the time I figured exercise was out of the question, I had to save two Koi fish from a pond that was drying up. After the rescue they got stuck in a broken down PVC pond with a fiberglass patch where it cracked down the side. We tried to keep them in that for about a week and it became obvious it wasn’t going to work long.
I searched out my yard until I felt good about a location to begin DIGGING a koi pond.
With a pressure washer I carved out the shape I wanted in the ground. I used it to blast past the top layer of dirt and expose the roots of nearby trees. I didn’t want to hurt the tree so searched for the large roots and avoided them when I planned the shape. Then onto the
shovel… and several people’s backs.
By sometime that night I had a hole in the ground roughly the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. After refining the shape I (had help) lined it with some very thick felt material, to keep the roots from sticking a hole in the liner. Then by evening the hole was ready for the fish.
The filter was now in place and some makeshift edging material to keep the liner from falling into the hold on top of the fish (Remember this was emergency tactics to save fish only). So we have a makeshift koi rescue pond. Now what? (Laughing)… (Oh if only I knew then what I know now).
Since that fateful day, I’ve grown from a smallish koi pond into two smallish koi ponds and we’ve improved on the effort immensely from that first roughed out salvation koi pond. It’s taken a lot of work and it’s been mostly myself who’s been doing it. So, I am getting a lot of working out.
Oh, yeah… I forgot to tell you, that one day we found a guy who’d cut down our huge Pine Trees. We had about 30 to take down… You wouldn’t think that would make-work, unless you are country person. You’d realize that with trees being cut down a lot of branches remain; cuz the cutters take the wood and not the branches. Those little gems are yours alone. We have a whole quarter acre full of em to deal with. That’s both of us cutting and hauling… Also, if you are country, you now know we also have massive stumps left behind which need grinding down. Well the stump grinder man left last night, and now we have mountains of saw dust to shovel into the wheelbarrow.
… I’m no longer concerned I won’t get exercise… God help me.