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Our NEW fish pond

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By amy

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In our previous garden we had a large fish pond and as we were both working at the time we found it difficult to keep up the maintenance work we also had Heron problems , therefore when we moved to our present home we decided to concentrate on water features instead of a pond we have several various different types in our garden .
We were happy with this arrangement, that is until two years ago when our two Grandsons came down from Lancashire for their annual summer holiday they came home from the coast one day with 2 gold fish .
A small fish pond had to be hastily constructed it was hardly any bigger than a washing up bowl the goldfish were named wells and Blakeny , Leon and Samuel’s favourite sea-side places, the fish lived happily through the winters even though the little pond almost froze solid that is until a month ago when the little pond sprung a leak .
We had to plan a new home for ‘Well and Blakeny ’ quickly as the boys are due down for their holiday next week .
This is what we have come up with ,it will need some more planting to ’dress’ it , we had to remove some large shrubs to make room for it ..


Notice the fossil leaf on the slab

Wells and Blakeny have ’moved ’ into their new home and love the extra space ……

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i really admired your new pond:-))))))))))

14 Aug, 2012

 

Wow, what a trendy pond, its Fab,

14 Aug, 2012

 

It looks perfect, just the right height to see the fish, that leaf fossil is amazing. will you have to treat it to peserve it do you think

14 Aug, 2012

 

very nice Amy, a great job done...

14 Aug, 2012

 

That looks great, just right for small boys, and it fits there very well,

14 Aug, 2012

 

Thats fab Amy, I really like it and it will be quite safe for the boys too, is the fountain working there?

14 Aug, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Juna / Val I'm glad you like it ,it's a bit scary when you start a project ,you keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best .. I hadn't thought of protecting the fossils Pam there are some more on another slab in fact a friend told us yesterday that we had put the slabs the wrong way up but we are leaving them this way because I like to see them ..
Thanks Slad / Cinderella I think the boys will be pleased with it , Grandmage the fountain on the wall is working you can just see the trickle of water it was bought with birthday vouchers given to my OH from our son and daughter we may buy another one to go in the pond ..

14 Aug, 2012

 

Ah yes Amy, glasses on now,0-0, I can see it. Its lovely. Lol

14 Aug, 2012

 

How clever are you!!? Wonderful construction and lovely planting too. Envious of the fossil I must admit! :D

14 Aug, 2012

 

That looks really fab Amy. I like the way youve finished the top off. Is it slate?

14 Aug, 2012

amy
Amy
 

I was thinking of Spec Savers Grandmage LOL .
karen I can't take credit for the construction I do the design part. the heavy work comes from my OH ,he's not a brick layer /builder so he didn't do to badly did he , I love the fossil to.
Thanks Poppy ,Yes it is slate it was left over from doing the summer house roof so it sort of ties in nicely with that ...

14 Aug, 2012

 

That is great Amy, it all goes together so well.

14 Aug, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Denise I'm pleased with peoples responses to it , we still have work to do with the planting where we took some shrubs out but we are getting there :o)

14 Aug, 2012

 

I love it Amy! It's very smart, and a raised one is great for sitting and watching the fish, I bet Leon and Samuel will think it's spot on, never mind Wells and Blakeny! Tony's certainly done a grand job, I can see birds and dragonflies loving this.....:0))

14 Aug, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Love it great job,like the way the bricks compliment the wall behind.
Was it very difficult to cut the slate to the profile of the pond.

15 Aug, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Janey I have a feeling now that there's more room Leon and Samuel just might come home with 2 more fish :o)
Tony cut the slate with an angle grinder Brian , we have a retired builder living nearby who is on hand to give advice , to much sometimes as he is always trying to tell Tony what to do and where he has gone wrong :o(

15 Aug, 2012

 

Wow Amy - trust you to make a beautiful job at short notice! Your grandsons will LOVE it, and I love it too . . . especially the idea of having it raised to that you can sit on the edge. The fossil slab is gorgeous too.

16 Aug, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Sheila it means a lot to know that other people like the idea ,you are never quite sure if it will be alright at the end of the day , I can see that I will have to tell people not to stand on the fossil it might get worn away LOL .. :o)

16 Aug, 2012

 

Wow thats brilliant Amy love it, well done you both, great job, I love the fountain on the wall too really finishes it off :-)

16 Aug, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Kathy , Tony bought the fountain with gift vouchers from our son and daughter ,it's a good one and will last as long as us ... LOL

16 Aug, 2012

 

Love everything Amy, looks super.

19 Aug, 2012

 

Excellent construction method, and having a raised pond makes it safer when there are children around. I would guess that it's aroung 150-250 gallons so just perfect for a few goldfish. Please don't get tempted to put too many fish in it as you will then enter into the expensive and time consuming areas such as filtration etc. (I've been through this as I inherited some koi carp years ago and had to build a bigger pond to keep them). The only thing I would advise is a small pond heater for the Winter months to keep an area free from ice as the pressure on the walls could build up and crack the pond. You could also use a simple method such as a couple of tennis balls floating in the pond but ensure the ice doesn't completely cover the surface. And please don't break the ice with anything, such as a hammer as this could seriously harm your fish. I used a saucepan with boiling water rested on the surface to melt a hole in the ice. Enjoy your pond Amy. Paul, Derby.

20 Aug, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Dawn, I'm glad you like it :o)

Thanks Paul for all that wonderful information I will get my Hubby to read this , we are not likely to over load the pond with fish as it was only built to rehome the two goldfish our grandsons bought we may let them put another couple in this holiday , being the novices that we are I didn't know that you could buy a pond heater for the winter that sounds a good idea ,we did put tennis balls on the water to help stop the ice freezing on the tiny pond they had previously although last year it froze solid for ages even the boiling hot water in a pan wouldn't melt it ,we were very surprised they survived that year , someone else on here gave the advice in a blog about the shock to fish if you hit the ice with a hammer , welcome to GOY ,you learn a lot from each other on here :o)

20 Aug, 2012

 

I bet the boys will be chuffed to bits when they see the new pond. What a great job - well done the pair of you! :-))

20 Aug, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Muddy , I think they will like it alright not long to wait to find out now :o)

21 Aug, 2012

 

Tony has done well, with your help of course.

22 Aug, 2012

 

Well done Amy and Tony, I have only just found your blog, what agreat idea and job Tony has made with all the construction work, it looks brilliant , I sure that Samuel and Leon will be delighted with it, and also sure that two will very quickly turn into four or more lol. Good idea about the pond heater, as mine froze solid last year and we found a dead frog encased in the ice ;0(

23 Aug, 2012

 

lovely project, brilliantly conceived and executred. A raised pond is more kidsafe, plus raising it makes it easier to reach and appreciate.

this is going into my faves, maybe one day I'll be able to have a go at a similar project

26 Sep, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Carole Samuel and Leon were thrilled at their goldfishes new home but haven't bought any more fish yet , your poor froggy we shall seriously have to look at some pond heaters before the winter , I'm glad you liked it Fran if you do a similar version you must let us see the finished results :o)

27 Sep, 2012

 

will do! of course, will be a while, decade or so, the way things are going, but still ...

28 Sep, 2012

 

Another fab pond, more ideas for OH, we quite like the idea of a raised pond only because we do not fancy digging any more large holes, we shall collect all these lovely ideas and hopefully come up with something soon!!

3 Oct, 2012

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