Kevin is not one to let a hurricane warning to get in his way -- Hurricane Otto was expected to hit the Caribbean shores late Wednesday or early Thursday morning. This system was bringing heavey wind and rain. Based on the national weather report, the whole central valley was supposed to be affected. It turns out that Otto travelled north of the country and towards Nicaragua. Although there was devastation in some areas, we only experienced a light drizzle. Thank goodness for that! Hurricanes don't usually hit this region, but Mother Nature has all kinds of tricks up her sleeve. Oh and the earthquake from El Salvador rippled down, but we didn't feel a thing. -- As I was saying, the impending hurricane didn't deter Kevin one bit. So he and Martin continued to work on the link between the two ponds. They still had a lot to do.
First, Kevin made sure the bottom was level and ready for the cement...
Once that was done, Martin mixed the cement and started pouring...
After several hours, it started to take shape. Once the cement was dry, Kevin filled the pond with water to try it out... take a look at this!
It's all very muddy at the moment, but Kevin has spread some grass seed and everything will look lush and green in no time. Kevin will also cut oak boards to lay across the top of the tank when it's not in use. There will be a gate on the pond side of the tank and another gate at the pipe side.
The overflow water from the chicken pond will constantly be spilling into the big pond. Kevin has temporarily put corrugated steel to protect the hillside from eroding and making the big pond dirty. Part 3 of this project will consist of creating a canal (directly after the exposed pipe) with rocks and cement, then digging out a hole at the bottom for the hillside to create a pool for the fish to land safely in. More pictures to come next week!
We hosted our first B&B guests of the season this past week. They stayed for one night. They had to get to a horseback riding tour north of San Jose so couldn't stay longer. Lovely couple. You can read their guestbook comment here.
We will be getting ready to welcome another guest on Friday for four nights.
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