a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Trouble Began With One Rock

Trying to have a relaxing day and you know for me that is being barefoot and hunting for rocks. Hubby is always willing to help me out cause he can include his side trips like checking the feed plots for the wild game and just rolling over the acreage with dogs running along with us.

I viewed the dry creek, exploring barefoot where my feet had never been.  I saw this jewel of a rock. Perfect natural hole and my mind starting working or not, depending on whose telling the story.  This became my new perfect stone for my rock/water garden.  This would be my new feature piece with water running through it.

But first, and there's always a but, I needed the orange rock/gravel that are only in one place At The Farm so with some other companion rocks carefully selected while I dodged thorns and briers. we set off  to harvest some orange rocks.
We flushed a huge covey of quail.  As usual I was too slow to catch them all.  These beautiful birds are just one reason why we plant food plots each year in the fall.  So on the way to the orange rocks we checked the second food plot which is doing poorly because we've only had drops of rain since it's been planted.  

Orange rocks gathered in my shirt tail because the bucket I brought holds moss and they just wouldn't work with moss.  Not just yet anyway.
Sometimes Hubby humors me and let's me take pictures...
at a slower speed than breakneck.

Remember what started all this...one holey rock.  I began to tear down my water fall and arrange it around this new grand holey rock.  I had a smaller one but I like to go big.  I worked for hours and stacked, rearranged and scattered rocks to my heart's content.

When the pond began it was one tractor tire from my life that I always remember seeing.  It's purposes have been varied from a tire to a chicken water trough, to a pig feeder to a flower bed and many other things.  When I saw it again, I thought it deserved an honorable place in my yard since it had been around my entire life. 

So I happily worked with water and rocks and played with dogs which is kinda a perfect day in my book.  When I first constructed this water fall I had expand-a-foamed the rocks on top of the liner.  It held awhile but now it was loose.  I had the great idea I didn't need new foam but hoped to hold the liner with rocks.  Plugged the pump back in and declared it complete until the next time.

Checked on it a few hours later and my water garden had become a water balloon.  The poor Koi were swimming around the rim in very little water.  With out my expand a foam seal as the water fell down the water fall, it ran UNDER the lining.  I am glad I looked.  I weighted the liner in the middle with rocks, unplugged the pump and closed it down for the day.

17 comments:

Ian H said...

If it was easy, anybody could do it! :-}

Lynne said...

Really cool rock . . . has a fossil look . . .
Happy you checked back on the pond . . . whew!

Karen S. said...

Isn't funny how one thing can fall into so many other things! It's the chain effect/reaction I think they call it. Hehehe. I have to agree, it's one cool rock!

A Joyful Cottage said...

Welcome to my world. :)

Sandra said...

Poor Koi, they nearly died from your new rock. so glad you found it before disaster struck. can't wait to see what you did with the hole in the rock rock... it really is a nice rock and i have this cheerful picture in my head of you playing with your beloved rocks. a great way to spend Saturday .. wish i had been there... to WATCH not help. LOL

Jacquelineand.... said...

That is a VERY special rock you found there... in days of yore, rocks with natural holes in them were variously called: croonie stones, holey rocks, Odin stones, and hag stones, etc...

Amongst other things, it was once believed that if you looked through the hole you could see fairies.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I think that rock is the coolest...just perfect as a center stone. Glad you caught the run off before the fish expired.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you didn't kill your fish. You'll have to post a photo once you get everything right.
One thing always leads to another, doesn't it?

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

A labour of love, to be sure. I am sure that the koi were happy to see you! That rock makes me so curious about its history. Could it be part of a fossil? I would love to spend a day with you.

Susan Kane said...

Will enjoy seeing the finished product! Your energy is astounding, as is your view for what could be.

Farm Girl said...

I think it is just a wonderful walk with you, I love all of the things you saw, I would like to see the orange rocks. Oh, and the fountain when it is working correctly. I think your rock is quite a find.

A Quiet Corner said...

And it all began with just one rock...one very unique and special rock......LOL!...:)JP

LindaG said...

I can't wait to see it. I'm sure it will be quite spectacular! Glad your fish were okay. Do you heat it in the winter?
Hope you all have a blessed week, Gail!

Ida said...

Catching up today. - That is a cool rock, I hope you get the fountain just the way you want it so we can enjoy it too!

Lowcarb team member said...

I do like the look of that rock ...
Glad you checked on the koi.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

I do like the look of that rock ...
Glad you checked on the koi.

All the best Jan

gld said...

That 'barefoot' comment caught my attention!

A perfect rock for a water feature or just sitting in a flow bed. I am looking forward to seeing the re-built pond.

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