I’ve had a good pond in the garden before, where I could sit, relax, get inspired, and just chill, as life just drifted on, beautifully, and fish also drifted, just under the pond’s surface … Then there was a terrible thing go wrong with the pond, the PH levels were wrong, or some kind of poison drifted in and poisoned the fish. I don’t know what it was that went wrong, I just knew the fish were dying and there was nothing I could do to stop it happening.
So that pond was allowed to stagnate further, becoming a breeding zone for blue tongue lizards, last Summer, and a sometimes damp resting place for blown around vegetation, and occasionally something that looked a little bit like a neglected pond, but with nothing living in it, in terms of fish.
But I have a pond now, still with no fish, but it is a good looking body of water, I have a seat there, and I’m slowly making this space my own … I expect in the new year, pool plants and then fish will happen, and we will, or at least I will, take far better care of the pond and the fish than I did last time. Those fish had been breeding there, and everything, but then it went wrong …
I will check PH levels, get rid of plant matter falling from the tree that gives shade for the pond, and I will care and care and care for our fish! I was sitting out there a half an hour or so earlier, listening to, and watching the fountain do its stuff. The fountain, which we didn’t have in the first pond, will hopefully do something regarding aerating the pond, or something. I’m fairly sure that was mentioned by the person who dug out the pond, and put all of the bits and pieces of the pond together, then filled it.
I might look into these things, and not just leave it at buying a few fish a few plants, and hope for the best … Living creatures deserve better than that. I’m hoping this pond area will yet again become a place of inspiration for me, somewhere where good words will be written, and perhaps a poetry collection or other book produced, based on those words written, inspired by my time ‘pondside’!
It will be a joyful time, if I can yet again hear frogs croaking from our pond, as used to happen before.
Fountain and frog,
both splash in pond
If anyone has any tips and tricks about keeping a pond going, and going well, I’m all ears, I don’t want things to go wrong with this new pond, it would be too devastating …