"The Pond"

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Every home improvement project starts with an idea.  Somehow they turn into great adventures.  Here is the story of two Fortnams and one (or three) little ponds.

1995

Summer of 1995
Once upon a time, there was a tree, then a stump, then a pile of dirt.

1997
Click the fountain for a close-up!

Summer of 1997
The first foray into water gardening, this birdbath-turned-fountain was a lovely improvement to the area.

1999

July 4th weekend 1999, Installing Pond #1
July 4th weekend 1999, the pond is on it's side with no water in it.  Not yet ready for fish.

July 4th weekend 1999, Installing Pond #2
Everyone digs Doug!

July 4th weekend 1999, Installing Pond #3
"The Big Dig." Ever wonder where all those rocks come from?  Now you know.   Here in New Hampshire, you only have to dig a few inches deep and you'll find boulders-a-plenty!

July 4th weekend 1999, Installing Pond #4
Almost ready for fish!

July 4th weekend 1999, Installing Pond #5
Ready for fish, but not very pretty.

July 4th weekend 1999, Installing Pond #6
That's more like it.  (Note all the rocks, now where did those come from, I wonder?)

July 4th weekend 1999, Installing Pond #7
And so it had begun.

Pond, July 99
This is beautiful, but surely not good enough.  There will be more ponds!  I see a stream...

Doug and David Waterfall pedestal
Deanne thought this large rock in the foreground would look great as the top waterfall rock for a pond on a pedestal.  It's always a good idea to keep men around for lifting 500 lb. stones 4 feet in the air. This pond is the beginning of a future stream which will lead into another small pond and then finally flow into the big pond.   Notice how the project has grown...

waterfall 8-99
The first waterfall.

Goose fountain
A spitting duck is always a nice touch.

Blue Man, August 99
And, of course, fish.

Now for the really fun stuff, check out the Pond Project 2000!

 

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