As her birthday approached, we asked her what she wanted.
"I want a garden pond," she said, " Just get me a Lowes or Home Depot gift card and I'll start buying the stuff I need."
She was away on business on her birthday so when Junior and I arrived home after work and school, we started digging. I dug a trench to get a water line closer to the pond site.
Junior started the excavation for the pond.
The next day, I went into Gainesville and picked out a preformed pond. Her inlaws came through with gift cards.
I also went and gathered rocks ... lots of rocks as you regulars know.
She came home, saw the hole and trench, unwrapped her pond stuff, and was pretty pleased with all of it.
A few days ago, she dashed off to Lowes with her gift cards and returned with plants, a waterfall, and stepping stones for her pond.
I spent this afternoon trenching again, but this time for an electrical line out from the PFHQ to the pond site. I dug deep, even though the wire will be in conduit.
As I dug, I also stopped periodically ... constantly ... to move boulders for her as she arranged and rearranged rocks around the pond.
Dig, stop, move rocks, dig, stop, move rocks, dig ...
Lucky for me, I had "the world's greatest shovel" ... that's what the label said before I wore it off shoveling tons of sand and whacking oak roots.
Here's the trench going back towards the house. I tunneled under the walkway too.
The pond site, still under construction. The weather was perfect. I started off in a long sleeve shirt at lunch time, but after 15 minutes of digging I shed it in the heat.
(That was for my frozen friends in the nawth)
By 6:00 pm, when we quit, she had used all the rocks on hand and it was obvious I would have to go gather more.
Also, by that time, I had the trench all the way up to the pond site.
Lucky for me the sun set about that time so I could take a break.