6 hours ago
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The end of an era
I think we put the pool in the garden on Mother's Day in 1996. Dave and Theri were both still living north of Chicago and if I remember correctly, Dave did most of the digging. We started with six fifty cent goldfish and one died within a couple of days. But the rest flourished and multiplied...
This picture is from about 2002 and we had about four generations of goldfish. Looks a little crowded, doesn't it? I think our highest count was a total of 23 fish. This is only one end of the pool...it really wasn't this crowded.
Over the years, the population had dwindled down to thirteen and everybody always asked about the fish. The pool was located outside the large kitchen window, so friends always enjoyed watching while we had coffee and visited.
And the grandchildren always rushed to the pool to feed the fish when they came to visit.
The large fish were so tame at this point that Henry and Aimee could pet them.
Last summer a raccoon took nine of the fish before we were able to create a grid to protect them.
Today we found that the raccoon had come and finished the job. Sad to see them go, but somewhat relieved that I don't have to ask neighbors to check the water level or worse, clean the filter while we're away.
When we discovered a "water only" pool this morning, I agreed with my husband that we would NOT put more fish in the pool and it seemed silly to maintain the pool. He got busy and got the liner out really fast! Do you think he worried I'd change my mind?
So now I'll just wait and visit Theri and her garden pool in Texas!