322/366: not forgetting the fish

Well, I did actually forget the fish. When I uploaded my post about the pond being finished, the photos did not show any fish, so I think that while the pond was complete the addition of livestock was not.

My husband was in charge of the fish project, and the filters. I had only ever wanted a little garden feature, but it ended up bigger than Ben Hur. Unfortunately, a leak sprang up in the liner, and we were losing a lot of water. Then water restrictions came in force. All things seemed set to cause problems for our pond. Although he managed to rescue some fish, they ended up dying, which saddened him. I had never really had a relationship with those fish, so it was only mildly upsetting for me.

But later, a few tiny ones appeared in the pond. we christened them “Fish: the next generation”, but they too ended up departing. Eventually, the time came when we had         to face facts about the drought, that maintaining a pond of these dimensions was now               no longer possible.

So endeth another little saga from the garden of princessprattles.

28/366: off to pond heaven

Some years ago we decided a pond in the backyard would be a great idea. However, this pond ended up looking more like a lake. (My husband gets a little carried away once he starts digging).

Unfortunately the following couple of years heralded droughts in Victoria, with many water restrictions necessary. With some sadness we came to the conclusion that the pond must be buried. It had a leak that meant it required constant topping-up of water, and in seasons of little or no rain it seemed very wasteful to try to keep it full, when that water could be better used sparingly elsewhere in the garden.

There were already rocks around the edges so it lent itself to filling in with soil and then topping up with rocks.  Time no longer need be spent cleaning and repairing filters. So it was that another stage in our garden was laid to rest.