Or at least make me tired enough I can sleep.
DH and I had started on this just before things went downhill with Hondo. I am now going to finish it myself to keep myself busy and out of the barn, just can't be out there at the moment.
So anyway, here's my project in early phase. I am adding a large koi pond (10'6" x 11") and stone patio around it in my front yard. Who knows how long this will take but it will be cool as all get out when it's done. DH wants to add a 'river' to it around the house to join up with the garden pond in the backyard, I think he is nuts and that is just way too much work - and water to avoid shooting grass into with the lawnmower so I vetoed that plan.
DH starting to dig the pond. IMAG1275.jpg
Initial dig, made it a bit larger and deeper once we got the shape down. IMAG1276.jpg
The shallow area is 2' and the lagoon is 4' so fish can winter in there with a pond breather - no fish in tanks in my house this next winter. IMAG1277.jpg
The shallows, all of the rock work I have done - it's kind of fun and like putting a puzzle together. This is the 4th pond I've done, 2nd of my own, 2 for others. IMAG1278.jpg
Next step will be to backfill around the waterfall - the box will be hidden when I'm finished, build up sidewalls and hide hoses and cords and then patio, plants and new fish. IMAG1279.jpg
Pretty much all the grass area will become a flat river rock patio. IMAG1295.jpg
From corner of covered porch to other deck will be patio IMAG1296.jpg
The "bad boy" falls & filter system, it will clean and cycle 5000 gallons per hour, the sound is amazing. My bedroom is behind the door on the covered porch. I have a feeling I will be sitting out there a lot in my pajamas with a cup of coffee. IMAG1297.jpg
While I was shopping for things for this project I was looking at fish. Holy shamoly they get expensive. No joke there are koi fish for sale for 12k and up! They come with 6 gen pedigrees just like a horse would. I won't be owning any prized koi stud fish, we'll be settling for the $10 a piece babies from petsmart