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top prev next bottom Grand Tour

Here we give an overview of our acreage. Click on a picture for an enlargement and use the "back" button of the browser to return to this page.

top prev next bottom House (29-May-2007)

top prev next bottom Yard in Winter (29-May-2007)

top prev next bottom Yard in Summer (8-Sep-2004)

top prev next bottom Yard in Fall (4-Oct-2010)

top prev next bottom Big Flood of 2005 (20-Jun-2005)

Due to the hilly terrain we have lots of ponds in our neighbourhood that are all interconnected via culverts. Over the years the water level in those ponds has risen. What used to be seasonal ponds have now become permanent ones. The neighbours across the street had to built even a dike to keep the rising water out of their basement.

Our pond is a seasonable pond. The snow accumulation from the winter and the usual large snow dump in April fills it up just in time for the geese,ducks and plovers. Even the occassional musk rat enjoys the water. Rain in June often tops up the pond and then the water level gradually lowers and by August the pond is almost dry. Our pond is the lowest point on this side of the subdivision, but it is not connected to any of the other ponds.

In spring 2004 there was a water main break at our neighbours. Due to the heavy frost and the fact that the break was at the bottom of their pond, it took quit some time for the break to be repaired. This resulted in the water eventually overflowing onto our property and topping up our pond and after that overflowing onto the farm land behind us.

This 2005 spring our pond had water, but due to the dry weather we had only a quarter left by the end of May. The other ponds however, had a very high water level at about 2" below the lowest street level. I personally suspect a leak in the water main. On May 31st it started to rain and that finally stopped on June 8th. By then the water level in the other ponds had risen so much that the lowest street level was flooded. On June 7th the water level was already that high that it started overflowing into our yard and filled up our pond. In the morning of June 8th our pond in turn started overflowing into the much lower pond on the farm behind our property.

The pictures show that at the highest water level of our pond most trees are just above the waterline. Our Pinocchio fisherman started floating and ended up on his back. Ideally the water level shoul be 6 to 12 inches lower, and that is being worked on.

You think that this is bad? It could be worse and it did. On June 17th and 18th we got another 4" (10 cm) of rain in 24 hours. With the already saturated ground this caused major havoc throughout Southern Alberta with wide spread flooding everywhere. The neighbourhood ponds filled up more, we got more water in our pond, and there was a steady (over)flow towards the farm behind us. The line of trees along the pond where now only 3 feet away from the water edge, and a few trees next to the swing were standing in 6" (15 cm) water. The lowest spot of our street was covered with 12 to 15" (30 to 40 cm) of water, which made it tricky to navigate with ponds on both sides.

top prev next bottom Hail storm 2014 (6-Jul-2014)

The 2013/2014 was a long cold winter with snow well into May 2014. Seeding the vegetable yard was done in the first week of June followed with more cool weather. Then some record rainfall two weeks in a row, which was actually very good. The seeds germinated very well and by early July the vegetable yard looked the best ever... until July 6th, 2014! Environment Canada had issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch like hail, tornados and more of that good stuff. At 17:10 we had a 10 to 15 minutes heavy rain and hail storm. Hail the size up to 1 cm (3/8") covered everything in no time, and this is what it looked like in the pictures taken over a span of 3 minutes.

And this is what our vegetable yard looked like the next morning.

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