The pond has been a big point with me. I wanted it to look less like a big blue kiddie pool, and more like something at least mildly resembling natural. With that in mind, we got a black preformed pond liner, went to the trouble of painstakingly reinforcing it, then installed a large shower drain in the bottom, capable of dealing with many of the strange things that ducks have a tendency to carry into ponds. A few days ago, the sealant had cured enough that I could go outside and get started setting it into the ground. I got it positioned, and then got the plumbing glued before we had to leave for the afternoon. Then it started raining, and I spent a few hours outside last night during a break in the weather in an attempt to get it fully supported (a pond liner that isn’t supported along the bottom/sides has a tendency to crack, and I am NOT interested in dealing with all of this pond drama again, so we gotta take care of it!). It was a mess, to say the least. I was on my hands and knees in wet sand trying to jam as much under the bottom of the pond liner as possible. I think I did a pretty good job, but it took a few hours worth of jamming, then watering it in, then letting things soak in, and starting over again. I was COATED in sand. But I figured while I’m totally dirty, and I still have some light available, I might as well get some of the rocks in! So I did.
Unfortunately, we had to go with a combination of basalt and river rocks. The river rocks are better on the ducks feet, but I couldn’t get large enough ones to make a wall, plus they’re difficult to stack. I was careful to ensure that no sharp edges would be around to scratch up their feet though, so that should be fine. And I had a bunch of basalt in the yard that I was able to poach from various garden beds in addition to a small load that I picked up at the stone yard a few months ago. I will be adding some extra rocks in the form of a very large rounded gravel to help “round things out”, but none of that will be happening until after the wire fencing goes up and I can finish ringing the pond with larger rocks.
Another small bit of progress is the duck house staining. I finished the body a couple weeks ago, but I stained the trim on Friday, and that really seemed to make the house feel a bit more “finished”. Additionally, I used my dirty brush and stained a few of the extraneous boards that we’ll probably end up using on the enclosure, so we don’t have to stain them when they get installed. Regardless, more photos.