My pond has gone through many
changes over the years.
When I first bought my house the backyard
featured a sewer cover and some rusty, leaning, clothes line posts.
There was no back door, so the only way to get to the backyard was
to walk all the way around the house.
I took out the clotheslines, and my
sister helped me dig a hole and spread the cement to create my first
fishpond. We learned that Portland cement can be very caustic.
The fishpond wasn't very deep, and a
simple wooden bench sat at the edge, but it was a cool little oasis
in what used to be a completely boring yard.
I caught minnows in the river and put them in the pond, and frogs,
lizards and other wildlife came on their own to drink the water and
live in the plants and rocks surrounding it.
The pond went through many different
changes over the years. Some plants flourished for a while then gave
way to others.
I added stones to make a patio and a
ledge leading down to the pond, and made a bamboo framework to hold
up a small bit of shadecloth to cover the sitting area. (You can see
the green bamboo at the far left of the photo below.)
I had a door cut into the wall leading
from my bedroom to the garden patio, making it easy to step outside
and enjoy the garden.
As time went by I kept adding more stones
and more shadecloth. In the Florida summertime, shade is a wonderful
trees at the edge of the pond produced small, sweet fruit, and the
flowers, water and vegetation attracted all kinds of wildlife from
the surrounding woods.
I saw the water swirling around vigorously. As I watched, a small otter
came out of the pond and looked at me curiously before running away.
Another time the dog trapped a poor racoon up a banana tree for most
of the night. Possom and armadillo drank at the fishpond, too.
The fishpond grew
and changed over many years, but then the hot summers started to
get to me. I bought a horse trough and put it in the backyard as
a poor-woman's garden tub, but it just didn't do the job. And Judy
laughed at me.
I wanted a place
to wet down and cool off, so the fishpond underwent a change of
Peb's Garden Tub