#Thegreatpoolpondconversion - 201129
Saturday was limited to some light and general work, owing to an early morning 16 mile run.
We (well she) painted another 25% of the deck. Almost done for the first coat.
Then there will be a ton of touch up and trim and cutting in the cracks, etc. But at a slow and leisurely pace and schedule - ie whenever we feel like it.
Sunday was a perfect weather day to tackle the bushes.
We have a bunch of jasmines and a gardenia.
We dug them up one by one, which was of course the hard part.
Getting them out of the rocky, gravely, hard packed ground.
It took a 20# pinch bar, long thin bladed trenching shovel and lots of ‘encouragement’.
We replanted them in a nice new temporary home.
Like sliding into a warm (butterfly) bed with new sheets it’s possible they don’t know what luck hit them.
They must be happy right now - 18 inches of new, fresh top soil, no rocks, or grass runners or weeds.
They can breathe and stretch out while we begin their permanent home by transforming where we dug them up (from).
We also finished the prototype waterwheel stand.
It’s now in the water but the wheel isn’t spinning yet, so no picture.
The filter discharge water pipe is at the wrong angle.
This is all just practice and testing for the later. Still, it’s fun to play.
Our second solar panel arrived and is now hooked up to our makeshift grid.
This will also be properly rebuilt, connected, sealed, etc.
But for now, it’s two panels, two batteries and two pumps all working through the solar controller.
We’ll likely need one more battery and that should be it for a while.
A satisfying and productive weekend.