Monday 16 March 2015

Pond safety

This is our pond.

I wish it looked like this.
But it looks like this:

exposed black liner,
and duck weed.

However Tall Cat drew my attention to
something of interest afoot
in the pond this morning.

The frogs are back,
so once again we have left it too late to repair the leaks,
or fill it in altogether.

With a visiting grand-daughter,
who will be crawling before we know it,
filling it in is the safest option.

We'll concentrate our efforts on the bird feeders instead.


  1. My son did once fall backwards into a pond, not mine. Enough said. But think of all the joy that tadpoles and frogs will bring into your grand-daughter's life. She could take tadpoles into school for 'show & tell'.

  2. We've had no problem with any of our grandchildren, but when my twin nieces were 6, one of them decided to investigate whether the lovely green of the "solid" pondweed covering was really as "solid" as the lawn she claimed to think it resembled. Considering that we had arranged a perimeter of rocks and shrubbery, she had to work to do this. Her sister was appalled and disbelieved the reasoning behind the experimentation. We were shocked and obviously terrified by the (luckily avoided) possibilities). She just thought she'd had the best adventure and we showered the duckweed out of her hair. . . .My granddaughter, now 6, is completely skeptical that anyone her age could ever think one could walk on something so obviously a pond, but we all agree it's a great, great story! We may just tell it at R.'s wedding! ;-)

  3. It looks quite like my koi carp pond. Are you sure it is just frogs in there?

  4. Lucille, you've summoned up a memory of my own from long, long ago. My family lived in an old house in a small town, with many old-fashioned features. Window seats, front and back stairs to the upper floor, coal furnace in the basement, sun porch in back and front porch in front, tiny garage, grape arbor in the side yard, and...a little fish pond. Strangely I remember no fish.

    We moved to a larger city and new house when I was seven.


  5. You could always transfer the frog spawn to another pond or ditch?

  6. Mine got filled in after a few months of hell - cats flying through the cat flap, wild-eyed with excitement and a telltale frog leg dangling out of their mouths. The frogs seemed not to be harmed by any of this, but having to locate and rescue them throughout the house left my nerves shredded! The frogs that carried on living in the garden were eventually relocated to neighbouring ponds, and the cats returned to mousing and slow-worm gathering.