The stream is like our little baby. We love it and have been spending hours and hours and hours in it, on it and around it as we try to make it look as natural as possible as soon as possible.
To cut a long planning and approvals process short, we worked with Lance Millward from Verdant Green to design a riparian planting and remediation plan as part of our Resource Consent. He was awesome and the Council loved our final plan.
So over the past weeks. Well many, many weeks. We’ve been implementing that plan.
That started with lining the whole channel with a white geo-textile fabric to prevent erosion. Which was easier said than done when it came to pushing plastic ground pins through the neigh on inpenitrable fabric! But thanks to Kylie and her Mum, their perseverance paid off and it was finally laid down.
Then we laid rocks over the top of that to form a hardy channel and armour the banks. We wanted natural looking rocks vs quarry blasted rip rap so we were stoked to discover Mangatangi River Rocks down near Thames and their beautiful autumnal river rocks.
I got 10 tonnes delivered by truck, then Kylie’s parents, her brother and his girlfriend helped us move every single rock by hand. Thanks guys!
Then in between a lot of help from Lance as he pinned logs to the banks to form stable planting areas, placed large feature rocks and dug gabion baskets into the channel, we’ve been pottering away making everything as perfect as it can be. Which has included many more trips out to the quarry to get more rocks by the trailer load. And by my rough calculations we brought back another 10 tonnes at least.
A couple of months later and we’re stoked with how it’s all coming together. It looks so natural already and the plants haven’t even grown. The stream is justifiably grand to be the central feature of our house and we couldn’t be happier.
In fact, like proud parents, we’ll pop in almost every day to see our wee baby. And I’m pretty sure when we’ve moved in, you’ll be able to see me sitting on the glass bridge for hours just watching the water trickle by.
Here’s a wee time lapse I started, then the batteries ran out!