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The pond made bigger,

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Unfortunately after a very bad thunder storm we found our koi and english carp floating dead on the top of the pond.They were not diseased in any way so we wondered if somehow they were deprived of oxygen.
I had for some time wanted to enlarge the pond and thought this was the ideal opportunity, however, it would take me a while depending on how bad my arthritis was.
I managed four shifts a day removing 6 buckets per shift so having started in August it took me until beginning of November to finish, after which my lovely young neighbours Michelle and Sam put the very heavy rocks in position, unfortunately a few days later I was diagnosed with Covid and spent the part of November then December and January in hospital. Recovery is slow but am looking forward to getting some oxygenating and marginal plants in. While I was in hospital my young neighbours re-vamped the old bridge for me as a 60th wedding anniversary gift, I think it looks beautiful and the Heron that visited seemed to like it but was disappointed that there was no fish and we haven`t seen it since.

levelling and digging

marking out from the old pond

Getting the liner in.

The old bridge re-vamped and looking smart.

Visiting Heron … sorry no fish just an old heron statue.

The latest visitors a duck and his partner.

Hopefully I can get out in the next couple of weeks and get some more plants, I have sent for a waterlily online, its a start to more happy gardening.

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Oh poor you but at least you are out of hospital and on the mend. But do not push your self too hard. You are lucky to have such helpful neighbours and they did a super job on the bridge. The pond is going to look wonderful this year.

Extra heat in the summer makes water hold less oxygen and that warm weather is often coupled with thunder. What a shame you lost your fish though. Do you have a pump/fountain in your pond to help keep the water moving? As this helps the water pick up oxygen.

12 Apr, 2021

 

It’s looking absolutely excellentl! Your previous pond was brilliant and I’m sure this one is going to be the same!

12 Apr, 2021

 

So sorry to hear you've been unwell and hope you'll feel better day by day. Your hard work has been rewarded and the larger pond is an attractive addition to your garden. What excellent helpful neighbours you have, too. That's a real bonus! A lovely revamped garden to enjoy over the summer months!

12 Apr, 2021

 

Thanks Dan and Anget for your lovely comments ... SB there is a filter system and pump but unfortunately it seems there is a leak somewhere in the waterfall, I am waiting until my son has a few days to spare and he will have a look at whats what ... I do miss the sound of running water and hope he can get things moving again.

12 Apr, 2021

 

I am so sorry you have been ill and am very glad you got over the covid! I can't believe you did all this work yourself and are very lucky to have to have such good neibours and what a lovely surprise for you seeing the bridge revamped! Now, you want to take it easy and enjoy good weather when we get it!

12 Apr, 2021

 

Thanks Rose, I think I have a lot in common with you if I remember rightly it didn`t take you long to get your garden up and running after your move. I`m taking things very easy at the moment just waiting for some good weather to sit and enjoy the garden and perhaps a little weeding.

12 Apr, 2021

 

I’m so very sorry you’ve been so ill with covid ( I have been poorly with it too, although not hospitalised thankfully).
I do,hope you are recovering now and feeling better!
Your pond is very beautiful, a wonderful design. I’m so sorry you lost your fish, our friends lost all their koi a couple of years ago after a thunderstorm - air pressure changes shock the fish, sadly.
You have lovely, kind neighbours..they’ve done a love job of the bridge.
Lovely to see the ducks too!
Keep well, don’t overdo it...you’ll get there.
Best wishes. x

12 Apr, 2021

 

That’s quite an achievement Phyl ... well done you, it looks wonderful.

So sorry you have been ill and had to be in hospital ... hopefully thinking about the garden helped to keep you sane. Please get plenty of rest!

12 Apr, 2021

 

Sorry to hear you have been ill. Your new pond looks great, love your bridge, looks like a substantial structure, not easy to fall off it.

12 Apr, 2021

 

The new pond is fantastic, Stroller. That was quite an undertaking. You and your young neighbors did wonderful job. Love your visiting duckies :-) and the heron.

I am wishing you a quick and complete recovery.

12 Apr, 2021

 

Hey stroller, there’s a product called waterfall foam! It’s brilliant. It might be a good solution if you can detect the leak in your waterfall! I’ve used it on my pond and it’s dries within a couple of hours!

12 Apr, 2021

 

That was quite an effort Stroller but what a beautiful pond it is and the bridge is a work of art!

I was sorry to read that you have been unwell for much of the winter and hope that with each day you are feeling better.

It is good to see you again on here.

12 Apr, 2021

 

Phyl, I'm so sorry to hear how long you were in hospital for and advise you to take things at a very slow pace while you are recuperating. I love the end result to your enlarged pond, plus the bridge looks brilliant after your kind neighbours spruced it up. Keep warm and don't overdo it out there!

12 Apr, 2021

 

Welcome back Stroller! Hope you can take life fairly easy over the summer to help you to fully recover. The new look pond is looking fantastic- the newly painted bridge is just perfect. Perhaps you should take life a bit easier for a while now, until you get all your strength back - its so easy to overdo things without realising.

12 Apr, 2021

 

Stroller I'm sorry to hear you have been so unwell, that is a long time to be ill but thankfully you have come out the other side safely, be careful, take things slowly, I know from over the years that is not your way when revamping something in your lovely garden but now is the time to work for five mins then sit and enjoy for an hour, I'm not exactly good at doing that myself either, really don't have the right to lecture you but there is that saying " Do as I tell you, not as I do " XX
The pond looks great, you sure worked hard on that, your neighbours have really spruced your bridge up and made a good job placing the edging stones, such a shame you lost your fish, I've heard of that happening and fish suffocating, we rarely get bad thunderstorms thankfully, one tip we were given many moons ago was that if in doubt during a storm to turn the hose on and run fresh water in to provide more oxygen, never had to do that but I've never forgotten, how lovely to see the ducks, I think they approve, I'd be watching them all the time, hopefully the warmer days will be with us soon so you can really enjoy your new pond and the rest of your lovely garden... Take care Stroller, best wishes Sue x

12 Apr, 2021

 

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and good wishes. I am taking things very very slowly as I find I get tired rather quickly but have some lovely neighbours all of them offering loads of help.
Today we have bright sunshine, OH has done lunch and we are now going to sit on the patio and enjoy the view.

13 Apr, 2021

 

Glad to hear that you are slowly recovering. Your new pond looks very nice. I hope when you get your new fish stock that they will also have a happy life .
Look after yourself

14 Apr, 2021

 

Hi Phyl, wow you have done an amazing job it looks great as always, sorry to hear you have not been well and glad you are on the mend, look after yourself, Jane x

14 Apr, 2021

 

I am so sorry that you have been so ill with covid. Glad you hear you are feeling better. Wow your pond looks wonderful and as the others say, sounds like you have wonderful neighbours. Take care of yourself with lots of rest, which I know is easier said then done. Jen x

15 Apr, 2021

 

Marjories, Daylily and Jan, thanks for your good wishes, yes I am taking things steady sat in the garden yesterday and today, we have been having some sunshine but very cold nights and the occasional frost.

15 Apr, 2021

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