Friday, July 01, 2016

Dam it!

Since my bout of poison ivy I've been on the look out for the stuff as I'm tramping through the woods with Holly- and I think I've found where I probably came into contact with it. Down by the bridge at the entrance to Saxon Woods, where I often park so Holly can cool off in the stream, I found this huge area of it-


And that's the bank I climb down to get to the stream with Holly- so I must have walked right through the middle of it :(

So I am obviously going to avoid that spot from now on, but I feel bad for Holly not being able to cool off at the end of some furious tennis-ball chasing. I have reversed my direction around the woods, now going counter-clockwise, so we get to the bottom of the other stream towards the end of the walk so Holly can cool off there-


However, as you can see, the water is hardly deep enough for her to get properly wet. A few years ago there used to be a dam making this pool bigger, but over the years it must have been washed away in the winter storms- so I decided to rebuild it for the benefit of Holly and the other dogs who come to the woods:)

Today I went in water shoes and with heavy gloves and put in about an hours work building a new dam from rocks in the stream bed. Here is the before-


And here is the after-


I tried to pack as much sand and gravel from the stream bed as I could between the big rocks as I set them in place, but a lot of water is still filtering through. I threw a whole bunch of old leaf matter into the pool in the hopes that as it sinks it'll get pulled in to plug it up a bit, but we'll have to wait and see how it looks tomorrow...

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