I'd dreamed of creating a small pond for years, and the dream became even stronger when we moved to a new house in the spring of 2001. With over 1/2 acre of land, I could see several wonderful "pond sites" and started reading about the challenges and rewards of creating a backyard pond.
On April 2, 2002--while grilling hamburgers in the backyard--it occurred to me that the ground might be soft enough to dig, due to recent rains. The next thing I knew, I was impulsively digging up sod and making some serious dents in what had been a rather nice section of "lawn."
October 2002 Update: What a disappointment! An injury forced me to stop digging shortly after the last picture was taken, and by the time I was ready to start again, summer heat and the drought were upon us! Many pond owners in Central Virginia had to relocate their fish due to water restrictions--their ponds were drying up and it was unlawful to refill them. Maybe this can be finished next spring????