Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

October 9, 2012

Every Thing Has a Season!

Our "pond" was put in for decoration and enjoyment. Alas, it has turned out to be more work than it was worth. The grand kids had a great time trying to catch goldfish with a chain of paperclips and a grasshopper.

The erection of a "No Fishing" sign made it seem to be more fun for them.

The aeration/circulation pump failed when the area dogs found that the pond was great for wading in and yes rolling in.

Without the aeration, the pond turned septic with a very nasty stench. The dogs also acquired this stench. The gold fish were brought inside for the winter and before the dogs squished them.

So, in order to start making things easier for my old age (many years from now), I decided to remove the pond. I can't remove the memories. They still remain.


For about 7 months a year, the pond looked like this or worse, depending on the amount of snow. All that remains now is a patch of clay that will have compost spread on it and grass seed.

Boots and Brooklyn will have to learn to drink from a dish (Boots). The kids are now onto bigger and better? things, like i pods and game boys.  Hopefully they will remember the pond.



7 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i give you kudos for attempting it in your northern sector! here, i'd never do it as we'd have the dogs in it and the herons and egrets fishing from it.

Michelle said...

Catching the goldfish with paper clips sounds like something my own kids would do! I have thought about putting in a decorative pond, but you have now swayed me permanently away from it!

Bev said...

Your right...everything has its season. I always wanted a pond...but we never got around to making one...now since we have downsized... i we wlll never have a pond season...but after reading this... maybe I didn't miss much:)) well just the memories!!

Linda said...

Everything has its season indeed, Ian. Great post...love these photos!

Lisa B. said...

Sorry to see the pond go. I have two, one always stays clear with me doing nothing to it. The one in back looks green as well. I was going to do some work to it this summer but it was just too hot and the garden consumed my time. Maybe in the spring.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Sometimes one needs to say goodbye.
Love the kiddo's though trying to fish..hahah.
Hugs. Dagmar

Mary Ann said...

Gosh, I have thought of putting one in our garden, but I fear the very same thing... dogs... and I know Lilly would be the first one in!