new lifers from Australia finally home in NZ
just a quick note to let you know we are new, we are keen and and we are very happy living rurally after 23 yrs in Sydney. my self an aussie looking for a new adventure but also to come back where my grandfather was born. my partner finally home for good.
we have a small dam that has a great leak!. I just looked up how to fix dams and was brought to a story done by lifestyle. a comment was made about a dam with eels in the clevedon area. and i have a feeling its our dam. local stories from the neighbours tell of a large splashing every so often from our dam. this was prior to our owning the property. i would like to plant out around the dam to attract ducks and wild life etc but still allow us to graize some sheep there.
no budget for dam plugs or re excavating, but am anticipating there would be other solutiions toat least slow down the leak.
half the dam disappears virtually over night after a large down pour and i have watched the water seep through the damm wall. more like a water fall. got a feeling it dried out during the last summer
any suggestions on planting ouit this area to stabilise the soil would be appreciated. we do have a lot of clay,but also good topsoil, rocks and plants that all need relocating.
Am sure someone will be able to help with ideas and advice
I doint have any knowledge on this subject sorry
5 retired Greyhounds ( Bridgette , Lilly, GoGo,Sam and now Lenny) 15 friendly sheep all of whom are named and come when you call them , 2 goats, Mollie and Eee Bee :
Olive trees , .. old bugger doing the best he can with no money or land
Tomorrow is the day I will stop procrastinating.
have plugged the hole with clay temporarily to see if the hole re-appears.
then i will look into fishing and smoking my catch!.
will read up on blocking eels coming up stream and prepare the dam overflow spot with the necessary adjustment.
now wher edid i see that piece of information.
p.s yes sydney has got blue skies, but also noisy traffic, population overload, and stressed people with huge debts. the opportunity to go bush takes 3 hours opf suburbia driving just to get out of the sydney metro.
here its 35 mins from the airport to rural bliss. our first traffic light is 15-20km away. and you think i am going to miss sydney?.... i don't think so
on my dam issue though. i blocked the hole from the eel and it hasn't 9the hole) re-appeared as yet.
am in the process of pulling up small gorse bush shoots in the same paddock. there were no gorse apparent when we first looked at the property over 18 months ago, so am pleased that i can keep this paddock sort of under control at this point in time.
some natives have come up so am keen to keep these growing.
kaybe;326644 wrote: Hi gracie, welcome to the site. I also have no knowledge of how to fix dams (although I have fixed a blowout in the creek wall upstream of the weir with sandbags and concrete rubble - it leaked, but slowly enough to let the silt and crud coming downstream eventually fill the gaps. I don't think this would work for a dam though..) but I can recommend flax as a good plant to shelter ducks and wildlife, but not be appealing to sheep as edible. They will eat almost everything else when it's young I have found!
i do have quite a large clump of flax or 2 or 3 to relocate so this maybe a great option. thanks for that. very much appreciated. they were put in there and were not part of the native bush area so i don't feel bad about moving them. besides its where our extension is going
I am married to a kiwi expat who eventually ''had'' to return home and I don't regret it, my parents followed and live 10 minutes down the road but in another district and are really enjoying it. No one from aussie has questioned us as to the why''s (esp when they stay a few nights and do the walk) but we all miss each other greatly......
anyhow we share the same telephone book so not too far away district wise.
I wish you a warm welcome and having been here permanently for 22 months I would just like to say if you want to touch base and debrief I will do my best. its a big move even for such a small space of water inbetween.
Good luck with the dam though, clay seems to be the way to go either here or back 'home' sometimes diggers dig too deep and so a leak. Our water here is spring so I haven't had to go down that path yet.
But I wish you well!!!!!!!