Steps Towards Permaculture and Sustainability: Water Features

aqua-pond, built by John and Dennis, with stones, clay and soil from the farm, is, Plato’s, our boisterous puppy’s, favourite frolicking place. Only thing is that he keeps puncturing the plastic with his sharp claws! So our original thought that one big storm would fill it is no longer viable!

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It seems that several hefty downpours are required, and then hopefully it will be a wonderful home for fish… Plato permitting!

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Our Natural Rock Water Feature

It seems that several hefty downpours are required, and then hopefully it will be a wonderful home for fish… Plato permitting!

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…but after 4 months it took shape, thanks to a plentiful supply of rocks on the farm and gallons of sweat!

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Now that it’s 50 metres wide and 4 metres high, it has a capacity of half million from a 10 hectare catchment area…..all we need now is some really good rains to fill it!

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Our Boat on the Existing Dam

The aim of our boat is not only to have fun but also to begin removing the copious reeds that are engulfing our existing dam. The reeds, once dried, will be used for various forms of handicraft.

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It’s named ‘The Swan’ because our beloved friend, K-B, on the night of my 60th birthday, played ‘The Swan’ on her cello. However, it was so cold that it sounded more like the ‘Dying Duck’! Because of K-B’s quirky sense of humour, we couldn’t resist naming the other side ‘This One’…sounding like ‘The Swan’!

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