Dried Fish!

You know that horrible feeling you have when you something isn’t right? What has happened? Why? Did you do something wrong? Is it expensive? I had all those feelings and more last week when I suddenly noticed that the water level in the pond had gone down by about 30%. I checked the pump and the oulet pipe, and eventually turned it off just in case, but I couldn’t find anything wrong. My only option was that the liner had sprung a leak, either through age and cracking or (most likely), Hugo had split it or made a hole with his claw when he fell in! I kept it topped up and in somewhat of a panic, tried to find someone to help out with the repairs. Time was the main issue cos it was getting drier by the hour, and with approx 40 goldfish, frogs and other pond life, I was worried. I knew that in the time available I would never be able to do the work myself, nor as it turned out, would I have ever been able to lift the stone slabs on my own. I put the call out on facebook and within 30 mins I had organised someone to come and look at it and give me a quote. It turned out that a young guy and his side-kick live locally and could do the job the next day. They worked so hard (and in unseasonally warm temps) and got the main body of work done in a day. Even these strapping lads struggled to lift and replace the stones…the language was none too choice in the village that day I can tell you and the locals were fortunate enough to receive a free English lesson.  The F-word was uttered loudly on more than one occasion (and I don’t mean Fish)! I wonder how their hernias are doing? LOL


DSCN2664New liner in place


DSCN2666Almost back to normal

DSCN2671The fish are back home and the frogs back in residence

DSCN2669The filter is cleaning up the water and once the new mortar weathers a little you’ll never know about the drama that unfolded. I just have to keep Hugo out of the pond now!

A Bientôt!

About Al in France

Dreams do come true and I am now retired and living with Maggie, my chocolate labrador, in France in the Deux-Sevres. I love travel and photography and hope to combine both interests here to make a record for myself, and somewhere where I hope you will get to enjoy a part of my life in this region, in France and further afield when I get the opportunity. Please feel free to follow and comment. A Bientot!
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2 Responses to Dried Fish!

  1. Frank Kelly says:

    That looks one gorgeous little frog that doesn’t want his legs to end up on your dinner plate! Al, the garden is looking splendid. I’m insanely jealous and very happy for you at the same time.


  2. Andrew says:

    Well that was a right kerfuffle! Wish i could get a tradesman that quickly! 🙂


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