The Walk » The Upper Pond.

Jasper takes a drink from Eydie and Sammy’s upper pond.

By Eydie Wight

Jasper takes a drink from Eydie and Sammy’s upper pond.

We had a lovely little eight by eight, five foot deep pond that our neighbor had dug out for us several years ago with his back hoe. There originally was an existing depression where a spring head comes out. The pond water was clean and clear and supported lots and lots of frogs.

I tried putting koi in it the first year, only to find that after the first couple of days either the koi were being coy, or I had no more koi. I learned that not only do bullfrogs enjoy a nice, young, tender koi, but so does the snake we caught swimming through the overflow pipe and into the pond.

A few years later, the tree on the south side of the “pondette” put roots through the dam wall, causing the pond to spring a leak. Instead of water going through the overflow, down the cut I had so carefully “prettied up” with rocks to create miniature waterfalls and planted with daffodils and day lilies, and then flowing into the little frog pond I had so lovingly created with my own hands and a shovel, the water leaked out of the dam wall and began to flow down the access road and right across the driveway!

Then, the bullfrogs tunneled into the sides of the pond for their winter sleep, and water followed those channels in the spring to create MORE leaks. We shored it up and packed it down, tried lining it with plastic and some bags of concrete until finally about two years ago we gave up for awhile. It’s still on my long term list as “Do something about the @#$%&*!! pond!”

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