Friday, July 17, 2015
Welcome to Our Pond...
This is the walkway to our pond that Mr. C went to pond college and then built for us. We have had it now for at least 12 years and it has its challenges from year to year. I know I have shared many posts on this blog. This is by far my most favorite place ever! Mr. C did such a great job and I am so grateful to be able to sit and reflect while enjoying the wonders of Nature.
I have tried many flowers here but the deer and other critters always eat/destroy them. Now I have mint planted and it has been left untouched.
This is a rather large pond that is very eco friendly. I would explain but it is too technical for this simple girl. These photos were taken in early morning as I am really here to trim the Wooley Thyme. and once the sun hits I cannot stay long.
We have Lillies that bloom in shades of yellow, salmon, burgundy, pink and white. Lots of amazing dragonflies in colors of blues, reds and black with yellow stripes. Just turn on the water spray and they appear like magic.
This is our seating area where I spend lots of time reflecting on life and enjoying our surrounding Nature. Living here is truly dreamy. Each year I must trim the Wooley Thyme around the flagstones. When you step here the fragrance is delightful. First I let the Wooley Thyme bloom its sweet tiny lavender flowers. Then I sit back and enjoy at least 6 different types of bees flit from blossom to blossom doing their harvesting. Once the blossoms completely fade then it is time for me to trim.
I have tried many types of trimming tools and find my orange handled Fiskars to work the very best.
The trickiest part is finding the flagstone down under the growth. Some years I admit my flagstone shapes are slightly different. Rounded corners vs. square corners can depend on how tired I am at trimming time. Oh and many teeny tiny little frogs live in the Thyme. I tried to photo them but they are very quick and don't stay to pose for a camera. They are the size of my fingernails...just 1/2 inch or so. Very sweet but I must say they do startle me when they jump out of nowhere. One day there was a very large alligator lizard in the way so I left until he was gone. After all it gave me a much needed rest break. They do scare me a lot!
Thank you for visiting our pond. We could share a glass of wine or a cuppa anytime. I truly cherish the moments when Mr. C takes time to sit with me and enjoy what he has built for us.
Now it is back up the hill to the house and other chores. By the way I usually don't trim this walkway with the precision I do at the sitting area. I like the walkway to be more random as it gets a lot of foot traffic. I hope you feel relaxed and refreshed after visiting our pond.
We are in another HOT spell with temperatures in the nineties. Just down the hill is triple digit heat. We are still completely dry and without rain. Everyday the CDF Air Tankers are flying and refilling to put out numerous fires. I added a link if you would like to know more. So far...we are safe!
May you be savoring your Summer. Having fun and doing the things that bring you JOY. I continue to be finding High on Life July perfectly fitting for me. Mr. C and I have a very busy weekend of moving furniture and stuff in preparation for next week. I will share all that very soon. Creative Bliss and Summer Smiles...