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By Gee19


For some time I have been looking for a suitable container to make a watering hole for the tortoises. It needed to be shallow enough to be safe but wide enough to enable Josie (the largest) to get right in!

Over the weekend my daughter drove me around to various nurseries and garden centres trying to find the perfect thing. When I spotted this ‘dish’ it was a bit bigger than I planned, and looked even bigger when it was delivered into my back garden!

I dug up some of the lawn and levelled out the flower bed in front of the sundial. It was hard work, but even harder trying to move the large piece of concrete across to the hole. I used a garden fork and gradually and very slowly managed to lever it into place. It took a long time, but little by little, it was nearly there.

With a final push, it tripped into the hole – and stuck! Another half-hour of jiggling and it was finally in place.

Once I was satisfied it was fairly level (!) I put bricks round to match the rest of the lawn edging. This edging makes mowing much easier.

Then, in went a couple of buckets of water. Phew, no leaks!!

As the water hole was a bit deeper than I had planned, I also bought some slate chips to make a more gradual incline down into the water. It was filthy and although I rinsed it through a number of times, it still made the water very cloudy.

After one more change of water, it began to clear and, a few hours later, was beginning to look much better. I added a few little plants to the bed at the back, a little geum and a heuchara and also transplanted some bugle from across the garden.

So far the tortoises have looked at it but haven’t ventured in! It’s possible that they won’t but I’m sure some of the bird-life has an eye on it!

And I’ve a good view from my kitchen window whenever anyone takes the plunge!

No, Josie just walked straight passed muttering something about really wanting a hot tub :)

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Good job Gee,lets hope they appreciate all your hard work.

4 May, 2009


Wow! What a lot of work Gee. It looks great. It must have been heavy work shifting that across your lawn. Well done. I'm sure the tortoises will love it once they get used to it.

5 May, 2009


It looks really nice there Gee even if they never use it. :o)

5 May, 2009


I agree with Hywel - it looks great Gee

5 May, 2009


Great job Gee. I hope your tortoises do get to like it. Your garden looks lovely.

5 May, 2009


It looks great Gee, i think me & you like digging big holes at the moment, but dont know about you, but when its done feel quite proud of myself, well done.

5 May, 2009


I,m sure the birds will love it even if the tortoise don,t Gee , you've made a good setting for it there , perfect ,
It harder than you think to buy a dish without holes in the bottom , I spent ages looking for a good size one for the birds and then it cracked with the frost :o(

5 May, 2009


I know what you mean, Amy, I found plenty of containers with holes in. I even considered corking the holes or cementing stones in them. Hope this doesn't crack, it is a thick lump of concrete. If it does I will have to add a liner :)
Still no bathers yet, but its not too warm today.

5 May, 2009


What a great job you have made , it looks very inviting to me and Im sure the locals will be queing up for a dip pretty soon.

5 May, 2009


What a fantastic labour of love Gee.Sure even if tortoises ignore it the birds will soon be dipping in ! : )

5 May, 2009


Thank you for your nice comments, everyone.

Yes, Clarice, I did feel quite pleased with myself! It's lovely to achieve something, isn't it?

5 May, 2009


It is a perfect size for your garden Gee. I wonder if can find something similar over here????

6 May, 2009

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