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Cherokee, Victoria, AU
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Sometimes you just need a deadline

Project: Fernglade Farm

Posted by Chris McLeod over 9 years ago

This is a teaser for the weekly blog on all of the activities at the farm here. This week involved installing a new water tank and breaking some rocks

The phone call came through on Friday from the supplier that the new water tank was ready to be picked up.

I couldn’t honestly say that the excavation site at the farm was ready for the new water tank to be installed on. Also, the truth was that when I received the phone call, I was several hundred kilometres (miles) away from the farm mucking around and generally enjoying the late winter sunshine.

Still, I’ve been told that deadlines can be very motivational. So, for some strange reason, I told the supplier that I’d pick up the new water tank on Monday morning and for them to have it ready to go. I’m writing this blog from a position of hindsight and can only state for the record, that this was a serious under estimation of the sheer scope and size of the project.

The funny thing about undertaking these sorts of projects is that I can honestly state that I had no idea how long it would take. I knew what was involved, but a truism keeps popping into my mind: Only when the job is complete shall you know how long it should take and what exactly is involved.

Anyway, I spent a very long day excavating more clay from the water tank site. The day also involved marking out where both of the new water tanks would eventually sit and then ensuring that both sites were flat and free of sharp objects. To add a further complication to the project: each of the three water tanks were of slightly different heights so I had to ensure that all of the overflows were exactly the same height.

The water tanks sit on beds of rock crusher dust which I picked up from the local sand and soil supplier. Rock crusher dust is a very fine granite dust which incidentally is also very good to add to your gardens if you have mineral deficiencies in the soil (apologies, the soil geek in me made me write that!).


The rest of the article can be read here: http://ferngladefarm.blogspot.com.au/

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