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In reply to Paul A:
Fabulous read Paul with both pond and garden area looking superb, you would think it had been in situ for years and good to see the pond has now its own natural bacteria and looking beautiful. The planting is wonderful, so much colour, variation and habitat for the bugs, birds, insects, etc, its a real credit to you and Mrs A and must feel so rewarding to look out and see the garden spring to life with new features and plants; I have loved this thread Paul, such an enjoyable read from start to finish, to watch from the first digging into the turf (didn't like to use the word sod lol ) to the finished result. Please don't finish this completely but maybe start another thread with visitors to the pond :) nice to catch up with Harry and Tee Tee as well, what great cats they are :) thanks again for sharing this beautiful and interesting project.
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In reply to HAZY:
Hi Paul, what a lovely end to a great and interesting thread. I have followed this with great interest. From end to end we have been treated with fun and laughter, and also been educated, in the building of your pond and hibernaculum. What a lovely show of colour in yours and Mrs A's flowers. Not forgetting your two furry friends Harry and Tee Tee, they are lovely and have made good foremen. What have you up sleeve for this year? We await with baited breath! Thank you
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In reply to Catlady:
You've got a wonderful way with words, Paul, as well as creating a beautiful pond and garden. It was a most enjoyable read with your wry humour.
It will be great to see how the results of your labour comes to fruition with all the wildlife that it will attract. I too hope you will keep us updated.
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Have so enjoyed this thread that you have eventually got me to stop lurking!!
The pond looks stunning as does the garden. I can't believe you managed so much in such a short space of time. It looks like it's been there for years.
Thanks for the laughs, the pain and the super cats. Not least thanks Mrs A for her patience.
All the best from the the Highlands.
In reply to nairnred:
Thanks folks, as always your kind comments are very much appreciated. I have to say that I’m happy the way the pond has turned out; it’s maybe not exactly as I had envisioned it, but it is pretty close. It was a lot of hard work in the initial stages, with all the digging and lifting, and placing the stones. I’m glad I’ve done it though, it does add a nice feature to the garden, and more importantly, it’s going to be a great place for wildlife. The way it’s turned out isn’t probably 100% wildlife friendly (the sides of the pond could have gradually sloped into the water all the way around) but it wasn’t really practical to build it that way. The area would have had to be much flatter and larger, and in the limited space I had, this would have meant that the overall depth and volume of water would have been much less. Lining it with stones has given me lots of wee ‘nooks ‘n’ crannies’ for the beasties though, and I did manage to incorporate at least the sloping bank into the water at the top end of the pond. Adding the bird bathing areas at the deep end has been a great success, the birds use the pond all the time, and these areas also provide a few extra shallow bits for anything needing to get into or out of the water. All in all, I’m really happy with the full project (I wonder if anything has used the Hibernaculum throughout the winter?)
Jenny: It’s so nice to meet you at last; I had always thought that maybe you were up in the Highlands. I have always very much appreciated your liking this and all of my other threads, so please don’t be a stranger, I know we’d all love to hear from you more often if you feel like it. I had wondered if maybe your keyboard was broken, or perhaps at the far side of your desk where you couldn’t reach it.!! :-)
Once again, thanks to all of you for making this and other threads such a pleasure to put together. I always pass your comments about Mrs A on to her as well, and she also says thank you to everyone for your kindness. I suppose I could maybe update this now and then as the spring arrives, just so we can see how the pond does in its first full season. I’m off now to daydream about Frogs and Toads…..fingers crossed everyone.
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Wonderful! The pictures say it all, so I can't really add anything. I wouldn't mind a pond here, but I need to see how my new garden develops first. It's only about 5 or 6 months old. Good to see the 'civilised' Spadgers forming a queue before taking a dip.
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(One bush does not shelter two Robins)
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In reply to monkeycheese:
I'm just bone idle Paul. It's so much easier to click a like!!
I really do enjoy your threads and look forward to your pics and commentary.
It's all a great achievement PA, every last stone, pebble & plant!! Marvellous addition to your & Mrs A's garden & a draw for all manner of bird & beast ... bet your hib is full of wondrous array of creepies!! Please do post regular updates of maturing process, an inspiration for us all (with a great laugh thrown in!!).
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In reply to WendyBartter:
Thanks everyone, you’re all very kind. I’m looking forward to the Spring and Summer to see how it’s all going to evolve, and I will take a few snaps to keep you all updated. It would be nice to know if there’s anything in the Hibernaculum, Wendy, I’m really hoping for Frog or Toad spawn in the pond, although if it doesn’t happen this year, there’ll always be the next or the next again. I think the main thing is that the opportunity is now there for amphibians when it never was before. Every wee bit helps I suppose. A friend of mine put a small pre-fabricated pond in his garden a few years back, and even though it is really small, he has had a vast array of creatures using the pond. He’s even had Newts, and hundreds of wee ‘froglets’ all over the place. It shows that a water feature, no matter how large or small, does have great benefits for a variety of creatures. Other than the fact that the pond is nice to look at, it does make me feel really good to know that there are now a hoard of things living in the garden which would never have been there without the pond, for this alone all of the hard work has been worthwhile. I would definitely say to you, MC, if you can find the space, any pond, even a really small one would be well worth the effort. My friends one is only a few foot across and as I’ve said, his is teeming with life. Your Sparrows would love it.!! Anyway, if anything interesting starts to happen, you’ll all be the first to know about it.!!
I just stumbled across this thread, great pond! I love your updates and how your pond progressed over time, fabulous job.
I love the Hibernaculum too, very nice indeed.
Thanks for sharing.
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