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.
Once upon a time, there was a tree, then a stump, then a pile of dirt.
Click the fountain for a close-up!
The first foray into water gardening, this birdbath-turned-fountain was a lovely improvement to the area.
July 4th weekend 1999, the pond is on it's side with no water in it. Not yet ready for fish.
Everyone digs Doug!
"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!
Almost ready for fish!
Ready for fish, but not very pretty.
That's more like it. (Note all the rocks, now where did those come from, I wonder?)
And so it had begun.
This is beautiful, but surely not good enough. There will be more ponds! I see a stream...
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...
The first waterfall.
A spitting duck is always a nice touch.
And, of course, fish.
Now for the really fun stuff, check out the Pond Project 2000!