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daplatapus
07-07-2013, 09:35 PM
Well, my wife has been exceptionally patient with me and my tank upgrade so I've been helping her out with her little pet project - her pond. I've tried convincing her to go with something a bit bigger. I showed her Dez's little set up, but she's totally not the bigger is better type (unlike me :) ). So she's content with her little pond. Anyway I thought I'd share a bit of what I did for her. Here's her little pond:
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x353/daplatapus/2013-06-16110402_zps0403a9fb.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/daplatapus/media/2013-06-16110402_zps0403a9fb.jpg.html)

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x353/daplatapus/2013-06-16110327_zpsd9debc29.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/daplatapus/media/2013-06-16110327_zpsd9debc29.jpg.html)

But she had no where to sit and enjoy it much so she wanted a bit of an arbor to hang her swing from and run our grape vines onto. So here's a few steps of the last 2 week ends and eve's:

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x353/daplatapus/2013-06-16110216_zps4a4574c2.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/daplatapus/media/2013-06-16110216_zps4a4574c2.jpg.html)

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x353/daplatapus/2013-06-22160329_zpsee9c1611.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/daplatapus/media/2013-06-22160329_zpsee9c1611.jpg.html)

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x353/daplatapus/2013-06-28162643_zpsbe24c049.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/daplatapus/media/2013-06-28162643_zpsbe24c049.jpg.html)

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x353/daplatapus/2013-06-28162659_zpscf376a61.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/daplatapus/media/2013-06-28162659_zpscf376a61.jpg.html)

daplatapus
07-07-2013, 09:38 PM
Thankfully we live in an area where you can go right to the mills and get some custom board sizes. I needed a pretty big chunk to do this:

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x353/daplatapus/2013-06-29160855_zpsa6f1a711.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/daplatapus/media/2013-06-29160855_zpsa6f1a711.jpg.html)

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x353/daplatapus/2013-06-29164353_zps7e0ae153.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/daplatapus/media/2013-06-29164353_zps7e0ae153.jpg.html)

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x353/daplatapus/2013-07-01161926_zpsc954ec89.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/daplatapus/media/2013-07-01161926_zpsc954ec89.jpg.html)

Apply a few coats of Sikkens Cetol 1 and voila:

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x353/daplatapus/2013-07-03153902_zpsc4ff1740.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/daplatapus/media/2013-07-03153902_zpsc4ff1740.jpg.html)

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x353/daplatapus/2013-07-03154028_zps2a4f3fd4.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/daplatapus/media/2013-07-03154028_zps2a4f3fd4.jpg.html)

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x353/daplatapus/2013-07-06195434_zps8ed1b9c9.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/daplatapus/media/2013-07-06195434_zps8ed1b9c9.jpg.html)

Borderjumper
07-07-2013, 09:51 PM
Awwwww! It's so pretty!

daplatapus
07-08-2013, 03:01 PM
Thanks! And now for the rest of the yard.... :(

michika
07-08-2013, 04:36 PM
That looks amazing!

Bblinks
07-08-2013, 04:48 PM
Nicely done Dom! Happy wife is a happy life!:wink:

SeaHorse_Fanatic
07-08-2013, 07:58 PM
Nice. I love pergolas/arbors. I also agree with you that the pond is too small but if it makes her happy...

kien
07-08-2013, 11:22 PM
whoa, that's a brilliant idea for the grape vines!! Mine have outgrown the space that I gave them and i was wondering what to do about that. I think I'll build an arbour for them just like yours and let them grow up and over!

Rice Reef
07-09-2013, 12:40 AM
Dom, looks great! Now I know who to turn to for assistance if I ever do want to start on a koi pond project! :smile:

Delphinus
07-09-2013, 05:39 AM
That looks awesome, I love the splashes of contrasting colours all over the yard. You people in BC sicken me. Er, I mean... how very nice, how very very nice!!! :p

apexifd
07-09-2013, 05:51 AM
Dom, looks great! Now I know who to turn to for assistance if I ever do want to start on a koi pond project! :smile:

omg... that video of koi gave you too many ideas?

Rice Reef
07-09-2013, 06:34 AM
omg... that video of koi gave you too many ideas?

You have just ruined it for me. :sad:

daplatapus
07-09-2013, 06:35 AM
Thanks everyone!

That looks awesome, I love the splashes of contrasting colours all over the yard. You people in BC sicken me. Er, I mean... how very nice, how very very nice!!! :p
Lol, ya after living in Canmore for 25 years its great to be able to actually grow stuff other than dandilions :)

lastlight
07-09-2013, 06:43 AM
i wish i had a wall of trees rather than a beaten up fence... that looks awesome! so does all the work you've done so far.