We feel blessed that we both get to work at home. I've been running a Virtual Assistant business for 23 years and my husband works in IT and was allowed to start working at home just over 12 months ago. So it means we've both been able to see the daily progress of our new bush garden when taking afternoon breaks for work and going for walks around our own property. This has been especially good on days when the guys have been working here, or on rainy days, like today.
When it's raining, my husband and I don our raincoats, grab umbrellas and race out into the heavier showers of rain to see how our creek beds and overflow are working. So lovely to see water flowing in the creek beds and out the overflow of the billabong and to hear it rushing along towards and through the drain. We have a grill we can stand over to watch (although it wasn't raining on the day I took this shot).
In watching the waters flowing down the creek beds, it gives us ideas about what else we can plant in or along them and in spots where we can see the water welling in different parts of the garden. We know once the paddock is fully planted up the plants, grasses and bushes will help stem some of the run off currently happening, however, we've captured a large percentage of it now to prevent it spilling over our neighbour's property. He's getting far less run off now than he has in the past 30 or so years since he's lived next door.
Seeing what has been created by our designer, landscaper and ourselves and how it's shaping up is indeed a satisfying and exciting thing. Can't wait to see how it looks once it's all settled 2-3 years down the track. The more we plant, the less weeds we have to deal with. Above is a rock fall below the bank by the tennis court at the top of the paddock. It's lovely seeing the rain falling through this area.
Above - the pipe that comes from our tennis court bringing all the water flow to the top of the north creek bed.
The north creek bed with waters flowing under the new bridge.
The billabong overflow that leads down to the drain at the bottom of the paddock.
Grasses in the southern creek bed with water flowing.
Thought you might like to see a video of one of the creek beds flowing too.