Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pond Project - Part 1

There is a little dry creek that runs down by the side of our house. When we get heavy rains, this little creek will have white water run off coming from higher up the hill on adjoining property and running into the sweet pond that is in front of our house.

The pond and dam in front of our house was dug by the oil company probably in the early 1940's as a slush pit. Over the years after the oil well moved, it became a source of water for cattle and maybe even bathing/swimming in the early years for the family that owned the property before us.

We enjoy watching the rain drops on the pond. We enjoy the birds, cranes, ducks, hawks and wildlife that our pond attracts. But, along with this sweetness comes snakes, erosion, mowing, brush removal and lots of weed duty. Did I mention snakes??

As hubs and I get older we find it harder and harder to keep up. We have decided for safety and other reasons, that we want this pond filled in and the dry creek run off diverted to the creek just down below our pond. Dynamite to blow the dam like they did in the old western movies? No, our son owns equipment that can do the job. Thank you Lord and Sonny! 

Let the fun begin!  First, fences had to be moved to keep our son's cattle at bay.  Poppa and his trusty helper Buffy were doing some fencing.

Then some fun work on the traxcavator.

Holidays, three weekends of moving hay, work obligations and repair on the Big Molly tractor with backhoe; all of life's adventures keep things, we have run out of dirt for the moment. To be continued.....