We have a couple of ponds in our garden. A large one in the front garden, and a smaller pond abutting the patio at the back of the house. This was how the pond at the back used to look:
This smaller pond had a waterfall, but unfortunately that had a leak somewhere, so whenever it was turned on, the water level in the pond fell over the the course of a few days. The pond itself also seemed to have a slow leak, and the water level would drop to a lower level than we wanted. Earlier this year, Martin had had enough of the problems, and so we decided we would get rid of the whole thing and replace it with a more formal pond.
Rather than tackle this project ourselves, we thought it would be better to get in the professionals. So we contracted the folks at the Watermolen to come in and do the heavy work, once we had drained the pond.
The bit that worried us the most was moving the millstone. The first crane could only just manage to slide it out of the way…
Then the new pond was marked out and excavated…
Part of the area occupied by the old pond was filled in and would become the basis for a new patio.
The guys brought in a bigger crane when the time came to replace the millstone into its new spot in the pond.
And now, several months later, after the new patio and paths were laid, and the lawn resown, this is the result. We are very pleased with it.