Our very first pond

25.08.2004

Here is the very first pond we had, my husband and his friend Dave settled into its new home one fine day.

On a personal note. I will never, ever forget this day, because I got a message from a new friend who had taken a severe overdose.

I was a moderator on an internet site for Eating Disorders, and I manned it for the most part, day and night.

At that particular time, I was the only person this young woman would talk to, and I was a million miles away from her. After an hour or so, I convinced her to give me her home address, and details, then her doctors phone number. Eventually I also managed to convince them that this wasn’t a fake call. That day I saved a life.

🙂

This was the small pond after first installing.

And almost finished…

We never realized that a plastic molded liner would then float in heavy rainfall, so it was re-designed a couple of months later, and finally ended up looking like this. 🙂

For the fish, we sort of started off with too many, got a couple of small koi and sturgeon. Knowing nothing about fish at all. The sturgeon didn’t make it, so we never got anymore, think it jumped out and a cat got it, because we never found it. 😦
The koi are still happily swimming around now, from  50 gallons to 5000 gallons.

Awesome.

I am loving digging out all these old pictures. So much more to come.

Any comments welcome, I will return them. Where ever you are from.

Thanks for the visit.

Dawn

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:) a niche in this blogging sphere…

I’ve had chance today after the ‘project’ this morning to catch up and read through some of the blogs on this site. I have to admit, that there isn’t a great deal posted on Koi, I find this a shame. So, perhaps I do have a little niche that I can write about. And gain traffic to my blog with.
I’ll have to take a look back and see where I was and what I was blogging about at the time we started our pond build, but I can re-visit it for sure, we’re a million pictures of the whole event. It started on my husbands Birthday and lasted far too long…
Now, let me go get some pictures and see where I was in 2008, well apart from in a pretty bad place. Recovering from an Eating disorder wasn’t an easy task. That year was one of the toughest in my life. But I can say that I am grateful to have had the help I needed at the right time. Thanks.
So, let me interject some of the good things going on in my life into that era. Pictures and commentary to come. 🙂

Hope you keep coming back to read some more, and it will keep my brain ticking over and getting into gear for writing again. Nanowrimo isn’t too far ahead. November, yikes.

D

Today’s project. :)

Well today we should have been going to Cuttlebrook koi farm for their winter harvest. But with all the flooding this week, and many a potential problem with both ponds, pipework etc, we had to put it off.

I am pretty gutted about this because I wanted to see two of the new friends I’ve made this year. Mark and Claire who are just lovely 🙂 and Stuart and his wife, although wasn’t sure if his wife was going today… hey ho, it is what it is, and although we don’t struggle for cash, we can’t afford to spend everything we have on a trip away, when we need to spend it on other things. Winter is coming and the ponds need to be covered, secured and well maintained.

So, today’s little project was to make a small cover for our Nexus bunker. This always, always, floods. And although rain going in or around it won’t make much difference to it flooding. At least it will keep a little bit more heat in there and keep the filter bugs that little bit happier.

Here is what it looks like…

 

 

So a busy morning for us. Now to settle down and have some dinner and then catch up with some writing. 🙂

 

Speak later.