Did you ever wake up in the middle of the night thinking … My God, what have I done? Well I did that a couple of days ago after I got the report from the house inspector that had a list of things a mile long. However, the next morning, I remembered that I had lived for years in houses with two prong outlets and that window glazing wasn’t that big of a deal and that this will continue to be an adventure.
Then there is the issue of the pond. The farm has a small “pond” that’s really just standing water, but it seems to be there all the time, so after thinking it will be a big problem I decided it was a good opportunity to learn how to build a pond. In our last house, we had a small pond, one of those you buy in kit form. We had a landscaper put it in and we really loved it. I bought some “Koi”, which were really just feeder goldfish (10 for a dollar), and we enjoyed watching them grow and then get eaten by the raccoons. Well, they didn’t eat all of them, but the raccoons definitely loved the pond.
I started doing some research and found that building a pond can be very good for the land and for your peace of mind. It will also be interesting for the horses to play around with. When I read articles about farm ponds, they say “how many acres do you want the pond to be”, and I want it to be about 15 feet in diameter. According to the formula I found “For an Oval Pond: Water Volume = 0.8 X ( length (feet) X width X average depth X 7.43 gallons/cubic foot”. I’d have about 270 gallons for a pond 15 feed it diameter and about 3 feet deep. I’m in the planning stage at this point and there are so many projects that I’ve got to prioritize them so I may not get to the pond this year, but at least I’m going to find out how to build one.
Speaking of projects, here are some of them:
- Clean and repair old chicken coops and get new straw
- Get some chickens so it is officially a farm
- Put up fence for the dogs in the back yard
- Design the fences for the horses
- Revise the layout of the barn
- Put in gutters on the barn and a rain barrel to collect the rain water
- Turn a puddle into a small pond
So, the night terrors are gone and the project list has started, and we haven’t even closed on the property yet, but that’s just a matter of time.