January 10, 2021
November 29, 2020
We’re still a few months away from breaking ground on a new koi pond. No real plan on what we’re building but we’ve started with some ideas.
- 99% sure this will happen:
- will be only 5 feet deep
- two bottom drains
- a bakki shower
- concrete construction
- 10,000 – 12,000 gallons
- must not obscure the view of the hayfields from the front porch
- equipment must be “hidden”
- random design thoughts:
- curved walls (my daughter reminded me of a Feng Shui principle – evil spirits can only travel in straight lines)
- some Japanese elements must be incorporated
- a stargazing platform above the pond might be cool
- maybe we design with a farm aesthetic, or better yet a Japanese farmhouse / haiku house (16th century Japanese architecture)
- we think it will be placed in front of the house but that could change
- we may need to tinker with some landscaping
The idea list changes daily. I’m guessing that my koi might be in North Carolina next summer. Of course if we set up an indoor pool in the garage, maybe sooner…
the rest of this post is just about landscaping around the property – nothing related to koi
We have spent about 70 full days on the farm since we closed on the property in July. We continue to work remotely and commute between the farm and Little Siberia monthly. The pond builder commutes more frequently than I do. Our landscaping chores get squeezed in and everything takes at least an hour. It’s two or three hours to mow the path around the property and the grassy areas near the house and barn. Landscaping is never easy when you’re dealing with an overgrown jungle of wisteria, greenbrier/catbrier (smilax), wild berry vines and all sorts of other spiky bushes. It reminds me of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. The work to tame and maintain is endless but fun. The right tools are always helpful. Most of our landscaping is done by a zero turn mower, a DR brush mower, assorted power hedge trimmers and chainsaws.
We have to clean up trees that have fallen and we also do a lot of clearing of trees we don’t like. We’re not fans of the hackberry and half dead cypress.
August 2, 2020
I’ve added a new section to start recording our work in North Carolina. Not much going on here since we are busy battling undergrowth, fast growing grass and keeping a thumb on 41 acres. 😂