Kingman is actually a great place to live. Laughlin, NV is 30 miles away if we get the urge to gamble which we rarely do. We have our own Hualapai Mountains; we go up there and camp during the summer or just spend the day for a picnic. They also opened a new motorbike trail two summers that take you around the back side of the mountains and it is really beautiful back there. It is usually 10-15 degrees cooler up there. California is only 60 miles away if you want to hang out in hot Needles, and Las Vegas is 100 miles away. We go there periodically for fun and shopping.
Our favorite camping is in Williams in the forest and there is also fishing in several lakes. Flagstaff is about 60 miles farther east past Williams and we like to go there also to have dinner and shop if we're in Williams. Our camping rule is we take the grand kids with us as they get older but they have to be potty trained, no diapers in the motor home
My husband and I have been amateur ponders for 19 years. He does all the plumbing and filter building for me. We have always talked about building a bigger in-ground pond and in 2004 we built the 2500 gallon pond. We've had many ponds and have taken down and rebuilt several times. The electric bill was higher with it, it took up all of our back yard, with a big pump, filter, and a big UV light I still couldn't see the bottom of the pond and after 9 years I decided it was time to downsize. We tore down and hauled for 3 days to remove all the brick and then had to find dirt to fill back in. We now have a nice open back yard again.
Our new pond is much smaller. We plugged the holes in the sides of the stock tank filter which holds 200 gallons and that is our new pond. It is in the front yard under a tree. I kept one small bit of all my plants and two water lilies. I bought a bunch of red ludwigia and a bunch of cabomba from Petco and submerged them. No UV light, no pump, and no filter and I can see my fish. I rehomed all my koi to my neighbor and bought 2 fantail goldfish and four comets. I love this and my cat, Yoda, thinks it is his personal water bowl.
We put a greenhouse in the yard in the fall of 2009. Steve and my son, Bryan built it. It is a 10'x12' greenhouse from Harbor Freight. We put two heat lamps in it during the winter and we put insulation on the North wall. Steve put three bars of conduit for stabilization and I have cheap fabric attached to it over the plant areas for shade. So far so good, this last winter I lost a couple of aloes that were too close to the South side of the building, but everything else is fine. I have a lemon and a lime tree that also over winter inside the greenhouse.
So, sit a spell and cruise through my site to see what we had and now have. I have ideas for recycling, building filters to flower beds and lots of pictures of my pond and gardens, with a bit of art and quilting on the side.
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