Saturday, June 1, 2013

Got Some Work Done

The weather finally cleared up.  That had me outdoors to form and pour cement for the new and improved retaining wall on the back yard pond.
Retaining wall formed and almost ready for cement
I had pre-cut the forms, using 1 X 4" boards - that were scored with my circular saw - to permit bending.  Due to the circular nature of this little wall, making cuts every six/seven inches worked out well. 

It took five bags of cement mix to fill the forms.  And it took little time to mix the contents with water in a wheelbarrow.

It's a waiting game now. The cement will cure to concrete and, in the days ahead, I'll remove the forms, install the new rubber liner - that will cover and overlap the concrete wall - then reinstall the pump and filters, the rock waterfall, fill the pond and complete the project with rock and flagstone. 

Jeanette has flown to Calgary to attend her 40 years nurses reunion.  That is happening today. Tomorrow, her and sister Deb will drive to Edmonton to visit our son and daughter in law before driving 90 minutes east to where Jeanette and Deb's mom resides.  The two sisters, joined by another sister - Darlene, who lives nearby - will spend some time clearing out the family home on the farm and ready it for potential sale.

With a busy week ahead for me, I quite likely won't be able to get back to my pond project till next weekend.

Our weather is looking great in the coming days.

Thanks for dropping by.


  1. Looks good! Want to come and work on my fountain?

  2. Nice job on those forms and cement.

    It is going to be a much improved pond by the time you get it all finished.

  3. wow now thats an undertaking...can't wait to see it finished

  4. I see I am not the only one with a handy husband! Can't wait to see the finished results!

  5. nice job on the form work! that pond will be quite something when you are done!!

  6. The forms looking good, soon be all done.

  7. The heck with the CBC, you could start a new carear as a contractor!

  8. Looks good! We are thinking of a pond as well, utilizing the tiny year round stream running down the bank. It will be interesting following your progress.