I love this corner of the yard now! Greg finished the fountain today, and it’s so satisfying to have the sound of trickling water in the yard!
We hooked up a cooler line (so another pump won’t go bad) to this Mother Mary fountain – to which I added some crystals.
The water runs over the lip and down a little fall, into a pond we created and lined with stone, then sideways down a chute and into a pottery dish inside the chicken coop! (I love that the hens came into the frame for the video.)
The dish is tipped, so from there the water flows out into the well of the apricot tree with columbines and day lilies which love the water.
Peaches, our tabby cat is looking for a small snake she saw there yesterday. She also loves drinking from the fountain, as do birds and lizards.
We all know a fountain makes a beautiful sound to enjoy outside – and the birds like it too.
But I’d bought a fountain that didn’t make much sound, I guess not designed perfectly. And within the year, the pump had become clogged with minerals, so I’ve enjoyed the statuary, but continued to wonder how I could find the right size pump – if any – that would give it a satisfying sound.
Recently, I realized I could hook up the fountain to a small ¼”-line (used for swamp coolers) which is under pressure so it doesn’t need to recirculate its own water, and it’ll never run low and burn out a pump, and the small amount of water can be used to feed the nearby apricot tree.
The inspiration hit the other day, and I used moderate amounts of concrete to secure a few rocks in place to create a waterfall that I hope will make good sound. If not, well, I’ll keep experimenting until I learn the secret!
Beneath the waterfall, I created a small pond with stones set in concrete – though I could have (should have) used clay:
The pond is about 8″ deep (enough for some small fish??), long and narrow, with a arm running left off the side of the photo….
and from there it runs through the chicken wire into the coop and falls into a pottery bowl for the chickens to drink fresh water!
The bowl is tipped slightly to overflow back out through the chicken-wire fence and into the apricot tree well with columbines. So satisfying!