January 29, 2015


2015 is my year with some weekly gratitude posts.  Keeping it simple might be the way to go for me I think.
Grateful that all the rain we have received recently has topped up our little dam nicely.  

A big welcome to my new followers.  I'm grateful too for the Grow Your Blog hop! My giveaway continues - if you leave a comment on my blog - anybody can enter, including international readers.  

I have a little parcel with several pretty vintage hankies and two vintage Australian tea towels to be mailed to the winner. Giveaway drawn on February 11.   - any comments added to this post will be to the February draw. 

Please note!  I've had to change the draw to February 11 as we will be away from this date until the end of February with no computer access.

Back to the dam though - we are on town water, but use the dam for watering the fruit trees, the vegie garden, washing the car etc.  

However, recently the dam was so low we could not pump from it.  I don't have a 'before' photo, but this is how it looks 'after'.
Not only is it of use for watering the garden, but it is also our outdoor entertainment area!
The little upside down feature is our paddle boat which gets quite a bit of use. Perfect for sundowners on a sunset cruise!
Another feature is our 'Iron Bar' (side view) our dam-side entertainment area.  It is actually a re-built horse shed and quite a popular spot for entertaining.  

The front .... with big spotlight on awning.
and viewed from inside, facing the dam.
Some lovely big gums we planted, they are about 10 years old. 

I thought this might be interesting to some readers and now the secret is out. 
You all know where we often sitting on a hot day to watch the sun go down! Certainly much nicer to look at when there is plenty of water in it.

cheers for now


Sue said...

What a fabulous spot to relax and enjoy your time. No wonder you kept it a secret.

kathyinozarks said...

Hi Wendy, what an awesome entertainment area you have-I love the idea of using the pond for watering fruits and veggies etc. Pretty view too

wendy duchess_declutter said...

Thanks Sue - I thought you would like it!

wendy duchess_declutter said...

Hello Kathy - we have expensive water rates for town water usage so it does add up.Good when we have access to our own water.

creations.1 said...

Gorgeous are for relaxing and entertaining. Pleased you had enough rain to fill your dam - eases the pressure of keeping the metred wate bill down!

Maria said...

What a lovely spot to relax. That recent rain has been so welcome :-)

Bette said...

What a fun place to relax. I'd be out there every day if possible.

wendy duchess_declutter said...

Yes it certainly does help through our drier months!

wendy duchess_declutter said...

Thanks Maria. Yes it is, just sometimes a few mozzies to field off!

wendy duchess_declutter said...

Thanks for your comment Bette - yes it is visited frequently! Nice and cool spot in summer

Fiona from Arbordale Farm said...

What a great spot in our hot humid climate. The water would keep the area much cooler I am sure.