Pond update!

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The pond now has duck houses, plants and fish And ducks!!


This was the pond a few years ago.  It was a natural pond (even though we re-dug it);  it was clay soil and held the water for 17 years!

Then came the drought……over the course of 3 or 4 years; it needed more and more

supplemental water.    One month the water bill for one month was

$2800.00!!!  The “autoflow” was turned off!

Then the water rationing and fines!  The “jig was up”

Adam even gave me 4,000 gallons of water brought by a truck to save the ducklings

who couldn’t  quite fly!  (for two more weeks…..) that water didn’t last for 2 days!

After it dried up;  we had a liner installed; and this is how it looks today!

Liner installed;  some of the iris are regrowing from bulbs;  landscaping commencing!

But the ducks have staked out their houses!

they flew in the minute they delivered the 6 trucks of water to fill the pond!!

 Continuing the landscaping!   More pictures of the ducks!  (we scared them off for a few minutes

today when we put the floating plants in!)


11 thoughts on “Pond update!

  1. Marsha @ Splenderosa

    I am so happy there are people in the world like you, and that I am fortunate enough to know you (and to love you).
    Both of you guys are completely amazing and INSPIRATIONAL X10 !!!!!
    sending love….

    1. Penelope Bianchi

      thank you so much! You are the BEST!!!!
      I had no idea how to write anything about barter…..onward! (La Contessa did a GREAT job!!!)


    JOB WELL DONE!The DUCKS have returned and YOUR NEW BLOG is a SMASH!
    WELCOME BACK………..can you POST on your own NOW?You have a lot of catching UP to DO!!!

    1. Penelope Bianchi

      Yes I can! And I want to catch up! And blog about decorating and other things!!!

      Thank you my friend; the new STAR of the blogosphere!

      TV show filming here on Monday…..you will die!!!

  3. Penelope Bianchi

    sent by email:

    Tell Adam that he is an amazing, kind man. Not many husbands would understand how important it is to have an oasis for the local wild life. Then again, not many wives would have that as their priority. I guess the two of you are very well matched.
    Love, Lena.

    (Zoe designs; my muralist and dear friend!!)

  4. Penelope Bianchi

    thank you , Lena……I love you! And indeed; I believe we are a well-matched couple! Lucky us….lucky ducks!!!

    I wept when they returned! (I recognized the female from the markings on her beak!!) More design blogging coming up!

    Just had a complete redesign of the website!!!

  5. Mary Howell Cromer

    Thank you for making a visit to my blog and I spotted you on another friends blog as well. You have some wonderful shares and beautiful images. I had a bit of a time getting started, not knowing where to click on, but once here, it is all really very lovely. I will need to check on a few more of your published posts too. Have a Happy Week~

  6. Heather in Arles

    Hooray! Let’s hear a whoopwhoop for your ducks, their lasting home and for your gorgeous new blog.

  7. Rié | Portobello Design Blog

    Charming! Happy ducks, a lovely jetti, and a perfect setting! A lovely spot in the cool of the evening I’m sure! xx Rié

  8. Karena

    Penny, Bravo, a wonderful transformations for the ducks! A beautiful spot in your surroundings!
    The Arts by Karena

  9. Merisi in Vienna

    Lucky ducks! Good that you were able to find a solution and save your beautiful pond and continue to give the ducks a safe home.
    It is really worrisome to ponder the consequences of such a prolonged drought. Not all wild animals are as lucky as your ducks.
    Wishing you the best for the future,

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