Well, lots of activity around here last week as they dug our new pond in the back pasture.
The first high hoe was still sinking into the soft ground, even after they cleared off the snow and gave the ground another week to freeze. So they brought in a bigger high hoe with a longer reach, so the operator could dig farther back from the pond. They also brought a huge steel plate for the machine to sit on.
Here they were up at our road, unloading things!
They finished everything up on Thursday, so I went back on Friday for a look! The dogs came along with me.
Sophie was impressed.
They couldn't make the pond as big as they'd hoped (up to an acre) because of the soft ground. But we're pleased with it. It's six feet deep and will make a perfect little skating rink!
Here's one of the high hoes and my intrepid dog.
It has been so cold lately, it didn't take long for the pond to start freezing over.
Tristan was a real trooper walking all the way back there. It was about a three-quarters of a kilometre walk, which is a long way for a stiff old guy with arthritis on a cold day. But he insists on coming along.
The rest of the equipment left on Friday.
Dragging his steel plate behind him!
Emily was most impressed.
Gordon and I walked back there again today...
A beautiful, sunny (and cold!) day.
Gordon was pleased with the pond.
He also liked climbing on the new piles of dirt all around.
Quite the mountaineer!
Ah yes. Everest-worthy!
I like how my shadow fell exactly on Sophie in this panaromic shot!
They are going to put duck nest boxes and turtle basking platforms down here in the warmer weather!
A job well done.