The LORD is speaking to Moses in this verse.
“… Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.”
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Two years ago, I was at a mulch and stone company perusing their onsite inventory of character boulders, in the hopes of finding the perfect one to transform into a bubbling boulder. I was deciding between two boulders, and ended up choosing what I now believe to be the best one.
Before I go any farther, let me explain what a character boulder and bubbling boulder are.
- A character boulder is just like it sounds: a very unique and unusual looking boulder (with a lot of “character”), sold at a premium.
- A bubbling boulder is a boulder (super big rock) with one or more holes core-drilled through it. Through the use of hoses, water, a water pump, and electrical power, water thrushes through the core(s), erupting over the boulder, creating the look of a natural water spring.
They’re absolutely gorgeous landscaping features. And because they’re natural boulders, no two are alike. There are, however, companies that manufacture plastic-like boulders. Many of those will look identical because they’re made from the same mold.
Our bubbling boulder project took a long time to finish, and there are still a few minor loose ends (e.g., the eletrical post will eventually be concealed in a wooden box, with a bird feeder on top). However, if I were to wait until the last 5% of this project was finished, then this post would probably be delayed until next summer.
In the months to come, I’ll present a bubbling boulder step-by-step tutorial series. I’ll explain the following:
- The cost of this project, and how you can do one more economically;
- Things to consider when shopping for a character boulder;
- Things to consider when choosing the site (where the boulder will be placed);
- How to prep the site (where the boulder will be placed);
- Tips for a smooth boulder placement;
- How to do the plumbing and electrical hook-ups;
- How to finish the project; and
- How to maintain the bubbling boulder.
As with the on-going compost worm series, these posts will be scattered here and there. I like to do it that way for a couple reasons. The main reason is I don’t want to have a series of back-to-back posts, week after week, of a topic some don’t find as exciting as others do (like me).
If installing a bubbling boulder is something you’ve wanted to do for years, but have felt too intimidated to tackle; or, if you’ve just recently thought of doing something like this in your yard … stay tuned.
Our property has hills and deep ravines. A lot of people call this type of land “hollow.” They’ll say something like, “We live out in the hollow,” (or in the “hollar”).