Friday, February 10, 2012

Gone! (At least for now!)

Last week I decided it was time for the orange barricade fencing to come down from the pond's edge.  We had had enough rains (thanks to the second wettest January on record for the Dallas-Ft. Worth area - hurray!) to bring the pond levels back up to a respectable level.  At least for now, the horses would not be crossing through the dried out pond bed to come up into the yard.
The view from the evening before.
I donned my worst pair of sweats, old shirt, hoodie and aqua socks as I knew the fence was now about half submerged in water and about 6 feet in from the shore.  I was up to my arse in cold swamp water for a couple of hours, snipping zip ties, pulling up 79 rebar stakes, and dragging 300 feet of orange netting out of tree limbs, algae and whatever else lurks below.  Afterwards, I looked like this...
"Swamp thing, you make my heart sing!"
The corner of the yard looked like this...
 And the pond looked like this...
Meh...
After a good hot shower with lots of soap and shampoo and a fresh set of non-algae-laden clothes, I went out to the barn that afternoon to feed and got my real reward.
 The golden hour was beginning to work its magic.
I stood in wonder as I realized the beauty of this place had been restored.

That's my shadow on the left.
And, yes, there was enough water in the pond to get a new reflection shot of the house (since it had been re-sided and painted last fall).

I'm not foolish enough to believe the Texas drought is over, or that I won't need some sort of barricade again by summer to keep the horses on their side of the water.  The pond is still about 2-3 feet lower than normal and about 5 feet from "full".  Still, for now, I am enjoying a respite from orange mesh and just soaking in the natural beauty here, once again.  And I am grateful...
The following morning.

141 comments:

Tammy said...

Yeah! It looks beautiful Theresa. I'd like to pull up a chair and just sit there for a while. I was looking at the time of your post...and I thought I was an early riser.

Tanya said...

all your hard work paid off! i would be terrified to step in the pond but since it's winter it's still probably safe, no snakes yet!

Buttons said...

Oh Tex can you see me jumping up and down for joy. This is fantastic. I love your photos they are beautiful.
I also can picture your work attire and I am sorry a little giggle jumped out of my throat sorry :)
This is a beautiful view to see you are as blessed as I.
Enjoy it my friend.
B

Mom of M&Ms said...

love those reflections... but i could have come and photographed you while your worked... I mean, really? what are friends for???

Buttons said...

Sorry about all the sorries I am Canadian you know :) B

Mike said...

Seems like it didn't take too long for the pond to fill up, again.
With the pond so close, do you get 'bugged' out during the warmer months when the flying critters start hatching?

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, food for the soul. Feast for the soul! The rain has truly been a blessing though we are still so far behind. Soak it up for as long as you can. Savor. I know I am (some of that vicariously through your photos!). I do know I will miss the orange background and reflection for the turtle shots. ;) blessings ~ tanna
ps love the color you chose for the house!

Roan said...

Okay, so I'll miss the orange fence, but must admit the pond is much more scenic without it. Love the reflections.

Lynne said...

The reflections are wonderful and the fence GONE, (for now at least) is a welcomed view indeed.

You are a "work tiger" . . . and amaze me!

EG Wow said...

Sounds like puttling up the rebar and removing the mesh was a messy job but I agree it looks ways better now. Maybe the drought really IS over!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh, your pond looks beautiful and those reflections are wonderful! The one of your home is just awesome. Great job taking down that fence, that had to have been hard to do!

Joop Zand said...

Very nice pictures with lovely colors and reflections..... nice work again.

Greetings, Joop

Paula said...

Oh, Swamp Thing~ you are still bee-yu-tiful! *haha*
The pond looks gorgeous now... it's amazing what a little rain can do! (And your house is so beautiful!)

Bruce Clark said...

Your hard work really paid off!

ellen abbott said...

Ack! What a chore but glad you have your unsullied view back.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Enjoy your orange-fence-free days for as long as they last! :)

Giga said...

Napracowałaś się , ale staw be siatki wygląda wspaniale. Pozdrawiam.*** You put a lot of his work, but without a net pond looks great. Yours.

thesedaysofmine.com said...

WHEW - I'm tired just listening to all that work. But you're right, it was worth it. Beautiful scenes!

trav4adventures said...

Wow! The pond really is much fuller now! What lovely reflections you have!

Bernadine said...

Big beautiful pond. Great photos. We have a small pond that collects rain water and runoff. I love it though. Thanks for your blog.

Judy said...

I can see it was worth it all tho...You have a beautiful place, love the reflections on the pond.

dr momi said...

Swamp thing you make my heart sing? ....you crack me up! Glad to see the pond making a come back.

Gone Country said...

Whew! That's a lot of work but so rewarding especially when you can now sit back and enjoy such a beautiful view!

Good luck getting the swamp gunk out of your clothes, lol!

Rohrerbot said...

Looks great. I like it when the water levels return back to normal. Plus you have lots of little critters come visit:) Enjoy!

Sandra said...

I am so happy your pond and reflections are back, so much inspiration out there now. these are fantastic, beautiful and now you have your new paint color reflected in the pong. color me green eyed with envy over having all this stunning beauty out your window.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

great post! there's so much to like about it.
your hard work did pay of!

your pond looks really beautiful!
such lovely shots!

Changes in the wind said...

It looks so pretty now....glad you were able to take the orange down.

SweetMarie said...

Theresa, you did look like swamp thing and we still love you! THH! Your pond is so amazing! I would sit and relax out there for hours and just take in all the beauty of nature. The last pic is so pretty with that one little green tree. You really do live in paradise. :)

Charade said...

Woman, Hear You Roar! That sounds like a healthy amount of physical labor in some trying conditions. I'm truly impressed - with both the accomplishment (so much rebar!) and the gorgeous photos.

Clint said...

YES!!! The pond (I should say "our" pond) is back!

Let the fishes begin to multiply and splash. Let the egrets stalk the deeps. Let the frogs and turtles prowl. Let the magic camera of The Texwis Miss work its magic once again!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

You're a tough lady! It really looks beautiful though!

Jill said...

Absolutely beautiful and serene. It's wonderful to see the reflections once again.

I do not feel the same about your fashion sense though. Just kidding! I dress just like you when working on "project."

Sit back and enjoy your lovely vier this weekend.

Comment1 said...

Lovely! It's always nice when that kind of fencing can get taken down. Round here it's usually because they've finally filled in a hole in the road!

Larry Ostby said...

A pair of sweats, old shirt, hoodie and aqua socks, love it :) Amazing difference T. a lot of work has payed you fine dividends. It's beautiful.

Icy BC said...

Your pond looks fantastic, and it's so close to your house. Love the reflection shots!

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful view.

parker said...

Tex your sacrifice and pond duty paid off well. It doesn't even look like the same place with the orange out of the pic! Reflections are always great!

Angela Häring-Christen said...

Oh, a you have done a lot of work.
But now, the pond looks so beautiful and the reflections are fantastic.
I like your house.
Greetings from Switzerland
Angela

MarmePurl said...

Well worth all that mucking. Looks so lovely. Hurray for the rains.

Susan said...

Good work - the pond looks so picture postcard beautiful! Nice to see some more water since I last looked.
I just love the new look to your blog too.
Thanks for your comments while I've been gone - lovely to catch up with you again. Susan xx :D)

stardust said...

I’m happy for you that the water level restored to the normal. At last your rain dance has worked? The reflection of bare trees, logs, blue sky, grey grasses, and your house is equally as compelling as the real thing.

Yoko

Sylvia K said...

Hooray!! Lots of hard work, but it looks really beautiful again!! Enjoy the view along with your weekend, Theresa!!

Sylvia

Sharon said...

I agree, that looks so much better! My hope for you now, is to get enough rain to fill it up and the drought to be a thing of the past.

Barbara said...

Ugh, I shivered for you imagining you wading through that water, but oh my gosh, it truly was worth it - just gorgeous! Our pond hasn't recovered nearly that much, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

It really is a pretty pond. That is a lot of work but worth it.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Woo hoo, this is great news! You have some gorgeous reflections!!

Farm Girl said...

I am too, It looks so beautiful. I am so glad you have got rain. I like the reflection of your house in the water.
Normal is always nice. I didn't think you looked too bad fro doing all of that work. :)

Bob Bushell said...

Great Photos Theresa, and what about that house, it has a look of futurism, genius.

holdingmoments said...

You did a good job there Theresa.
It looks a beautiful spot. I'm sure the ducks and geese will flocking there. :-)

Furry Bottoms said...

Swamp Thing with Aqua Socks, hahahahahaha!!!!

Seriously though, the whole place looks so nice. I bet the horses are happy too!

islandwonder said...

That looks beautiful.

Margie said...

ORANGINA!!!! Good riddens!!! T, what a transformation, wow! Wallow in it while you can. Beautiful! So happy for you.

Liz said...

Oh wow, Theresa!! This is YOUR backyard??!! I am rather jealous. Such beautiful scenery and gorgeous reflections on the pond. A photographers haven!
Looking forward to some photos at sunset now. :)
Have a lovely weekend.

Dawn said...

That is just beautiful! You are very daring to "swim" in that water;)

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I had not realized the extent of the orange fence - 79 rebar stakes? Yikes! Things do look much nicer now and can imagine how pleased you are. Love the "swamp thing" quote. Wish the creature from the black lagoon had done a selfie in the reflection of the glass door on the deck.(;^))

Martha Z said...

That's a big improvement, I hope you can continue to get the rain you need. Except, it seems that the easing of drought for you is meaning drought for us in California. I do wish Mother Nature would be more even handed with her generosity!

Jan n Jer said...

Wow...just Wow..your hard work paid off...The beauty of this view has been restored n hope it remains that way for along while!!!

Nefertiti said...

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pattisjarrett said...

Swamp thing...now I'll have that song headache for the day! That's what you get for putting the orange fence in there so well. :) It does look so much better, great photos. I'd kinda gotten used to the orange. a

Karen said...

Gorgeous photos! What a relief for you to have a pond full of water!

Susan said...

Oh Theresa, it looks so beautiful! You won't want to go in, I know I would just want to sit and observe it. So, so happy for you! It really looks awesome!

edenhills said...

Beautiful! I'm so glad you've finally gotten some good rains. I'm pretty concerned about what our summer will be like with our warm, dry winter.

Rebecca said...

Ponds make great reflections, I am sure you are glad to have them back!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

There was no meh about it. You did a great job and it looks spectacular. You are one lucky lady to have a view so spectacular!

Sally said...

You're such a hard workin' girl; I applaud you!!! :)

The pond looks great, love the pics!

Have a wonderful day!

Fjällripan said...

It looks really nice! I didnt realize that the pond is so near the house, so great! You did a very good job, I should have been afraid to go in that swamp water... :))

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

Why have yo got to live in such a beautiful place. Good work on the netting, i can see now that it was worth all the effort.
Shaun

Robin said...

T, great shots of the spread! The pond looks really nice now. Really adds something to the property.
That was quite a chore you had there! I sure your happy the orange is gone, for now! Hope you don't need to put it back up too soon!

James said...

Excellent photos! They really show the beauty of your surroundings. The swamp thing or the Christmas thing?:p

Pam said...

Your golden hour reflextions are gorgeous, Theresa.
:)

barbara l. hale said...

It looks so beautiful! Lots of work, I can imagine. I hope the drought is over for a good long while.

V.L. Locey said...

It looks great! Sounds like a real squicky job though.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, So happy for you that your pond is getting replenished and your view is too! Have a great day today!

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

The golden hour was good to you Tex! Pretty pictures after you cleaned up, showered ya know. Love that picture :) Ewwwwww. The pond looks country lovely. I am so happy you could take down the orange thingie CAUSE that meant you had pond water again :)

Christian said...

It makes me laugh how much you like the rain! I don't share the love!

Becca said...

Wow, what a difference! Beautiful photos! That sure sounds like it was a lot of work...this desert, sissy citified gal would be wondering what kind of creepy crawlees were in that water! LOL I do have lovely sweats like that though. :-)

gowestferalwoman said...

Lovely - the way nature made it :) like buttons said - YAY !!!

Sall's Country Life said...

I do know what you mean! Restored beauty was worth getting down and dirty! My husband would say just don't look at it and I would be out there cuttin' and tuggin' Hah! Good Job! Photos are stunning and place looks like a million bucks! Maybe we should celebrate with a Gin & Tonic on the deck?

Pat Tillett said...

So nice to see the reflections in your pond again! That orange fencing sounds like an all day job!
Nice photos...

Tammy said...

Your view is soooo lovely!!!

Montanagirl said...

So glad you received that much needed rain! I'm also glad you posted a wide-angle shot of your home and pond....very nice! I didn't realize the pond was that close to your house.

Nezzy said...

Woohoo, it looks great in all it's natural beauty!

Sounds like it was one nasty job gettin' it like that though.

You are gifted with a beautiful view, your house looks quite unusual. I'd love a tour! :o)

God bless ya and have a fantabulous day sweetie!!! :o)

georgettesullins said...

Ditto...down here too. The pond has reflecting water in it!

Ron said...

Great shots of the pond and I love the shot showing how you looked. That's a great perspective!

Lap Dog Knits said...

Great story, wonderful photos...
hard work,,,a true Texas woman,
Lovely home...looks perfect, even with the "orange fence".

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Theresa, you sound like a hard worker like myself and others may desire that our hubbies take care of such chores, but personally...it is kind of fun working in the mud and dirt...well sometimes and oh so nice to get cleaned up afterwards.
The images showing what your pond looks like now, are all super amazing...so peaceful and I bet in the summer the evening sounds are just as grand as the daytime sounds.
Have a great weekend...stay safe~

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

All that hard work was worth the end result. Those reflections are gorgeous.

Val said...

Beautiful!!! Hope you were able to sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy the view.

Candy C. said...

Beauty restored but won't you miss all the interesting "backgrounds" it gave to your bird pictures?!? ;-)

Hilary said...

Geesh you work hard.. and all that time for fine photography, beautiful painting and blogging too. I'm so impressed.

Breathtaking said...

Thats a great view to wake up to.
These are beautiful photos!!

Adam Tilt said...

Ponds looking much better now though rather you than me in there!

Magia da Inês said...

Suas fotos são lindas.
Maravilhosos reflexos.
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil
°º♥

(⁀‵⁀,)
¸`⋎´
¸.•°`♥

CameraCruise said...

It was worth all your hard work!
Your pond is so beautiful.
Great photos, love the reflections.

Andrew Fulton said...

Well done you..
I had no idea the pond was so close to your beautiful house.
These images have given me a better view of your lovely home.
I am so jealous...

Hugs Drew xx

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Congrats! It was a lot of work but you did what you had to. I'm glad the pond has begun getting back to normal and the reflection shot is very pretty-enjoy:@)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Theresa, You certainly had a 'dirty' job, didn't you??? Glad you got the old fence taken down --and I'm thrilled that your water levels are getting back to normal. That is AWESOME....

Beautiful photo of your home.... Love it!!!

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Ellie said...

I bet you are glad you got that job over and done with.
It sure looks beautiful in the evening light and I love the reflections you captured in the water.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

You did an excellent job. The pond is pristine looking now ... but that's a lot of work. Have a happy weekend.

Saun said...

That doesn't look like fun. Great pics of your pond :)

quies said...

I`ve had a nice time enjoying your wonderful blog. Your pictures are SO beautiful. I would like to follow you, and I`d love to come back again.

Have a really nice week-end!

Blessings from Norway

Paula said...

You're my kinda gal. Just get in there and do what needs to be done. It looks nice. Those orange fences are all the "go" around here now days but I'm not fond of them but guess they do what they are supposed to do.

Annette said...

That orange fence was very functional but far from beautiful. That pond, with it gone, is gorgeous. More rain!

lisa said...

My goodness, this sounds like a lot of work!
The reflection is wonderful.
Sending you wishes for a wonderful weekend!

Rita said...

The orange fencing may have worked its magic, but it wasn't magical to look at. So very pretty now. I'd be gazing out across the water all the time. ;)

Posie Patchwork said...

Beautiful, the orange mesh had its purpose, but now, wow. You find such beauty in the simple & glorious parts of nature, takes an eye & gorgeous heart. Love Posie

mick said...

What a lot of hard work to get rid of your orange 'fence' - but the end result is well worth all the effort. You live in a very beautiful place!

Daniel said...

I thought you might have celebrated this event by bathing in the pond.

The pond looks 'natural' once more. A visually uplifting moment no doubt.

IanH said...

Yep, good women are hard to come by. Hope hubby appreciates your effort. :-}

Dianne said...

ahhhh swamp thing, you're a hero

and here I complain about covering a little pool :)

you live in a beautiful spot
I'm glad the pond is back to its glorious level

Gillian Olson said...

Hard work but worth it those are awesome reflections.

Catherine said...

Your colors are fantastic!
xo Catherine

Michaele said...

Remembering your posts from last summer, my heart is singing with you now.

Barb said...

It is beautiful! It's great to see that water level up so much! Sounds like you are a hard worker!!

Casey said...

Beautiful place!

rainfield61 said...

Once you ask for it, you will get it.

This is the Law of Nature.

And hope this will continue.

Randy said...

So much lovelier without the orange. Such wonderful photos of your pond.

rkbsnana said...

Goodness, you made me tired...lol. I'm impressed.

Elaine said...

What a messy job, but well worth your effort. Hopefully this summer won't be so dry for you and you can leave the orange mesh down. After all your hard work you were rewarded with some beautiful reflection shots.

bon bon said...

yippy!!! so nice to see the return of your beautiful pond!

Deb said...

your pond looks beautiful...I think I will miss the orange fence though...

Ann said...

aqua socks??? are they like aqua shoes to wear to windsurfing and on the beach?

Angela said...

Wow! What a difference a month makes! I'm so glad to see water back in your pond! Praise the Lord!

heyBJK said...

Wow! That looks great (the pond, not your swamp thing costume)! :-) It makes a huge difference with the orange fence out of the picture (that's some photography humor). Great view of the house, too!

LittleThingsOfLife said...

Awh, TWG -- the "after" shots of Run*Around*Ranch are beautiful! I'm so happy for you that the beauty of your ranch has been restored and that you once again have such a spectacular reflection of your home in the pond! Hurray!!! for our wet Texas January -- and here's hoping it won't get quite as dry this summer as some are predicting. Meanwhile, let us enjoy the refreshed countryside and sleep well to the sounds of raindrops on the roof!! =)

Marvin said...

Yes, much better without the orange fence. That "golden hour" shot is awesome.

Desiree said...

Marvellous pictures and my goodness, but what a lot of hard work! I'm sure you're feeling pretty pleased with yourself for having accomplished this all on your own. It's so lovely to see everything looking green and lush, with water everywhere!

SquirrelQueen said...

It looks like all the time spent in the water and algae paid off. Your view is absolutely gorgeous!

BlueShell said...

Well...you are a breve woman, I have to say...And you are strong...
I love the photos, and the reflections...and the house...(it is no red anymore, is it?)
You did a great job there...and after a good bath you deserve relaxing!

I hug you
and I admire your strength.

BS

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful post and photos.

Regards and best wishes

Regina said...

Beautiful place and captures!
Happy weekend reflections.

♥ Regina

A Quiet Corner said...

Glad you got the orange fence down...it just doesn't do your "spread" justice!!!!...:)JP

Rose said...

What a job that must have been! It is so good to see your pond with lots of water in it...I know you are happy every time you think of it.

Andy (AndysLens) said...

Did you have any fish in the pond that died during the drought?

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wayside wanderer said...

Oh, it looks so wonderful! Thank God for all that rain. Sounds like we will be getting more tomorrow.

Country Mouse Studio said...

Worth every minute of that hard work. It's beautiful.

Joe said...

Glad to hear you're getting some rain. The pond looks much better.

Genie said...

WOW!!You are one strong gal...a fearless woman on a mission. We now have some of your orange best at out school around an area where the “naughty” eighth were kicking mud and tracking it into the mobiles. Thanks to you I knew what it was. Love all of your beautiful pictures. You home place is just out of this world. Take care and have a wonderful picture filled week. genie

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Looks like 139 others beat me to saying.... "Hoorah!"

It looks awesome and lets hope that the fence stays packed away in the barn next summer!

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

You're such a hot mess in sweatpants...purrrr ;)

But I am seriously thrilled you're getting back to normal down there!! Yea for rain!!

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