WPC Transformation: A Fishy Tale

Our outdoor area has been undergoing a transformation lately, since we had the new screen room installed.  Some of you may remember my photos of iguanas sunning themselves on a pile of rocks around a defunct pond.


It was also a favourite perch for Samantha squirrel to eat her breakfast.


The occasional visit from the otter family also made for good entertainment value.


This was all well and good for the wildlife, but not a very pretty sight from my kitchen window, so hubby tackled the job of improving the aesthetics. First thing was to rebuild the waterfall and install a new pump.


After much thought and hard work, it took shape and the transformation began to look rather pretty.


The next thing to do was buy a few little fishies for the pond. We adopted six goldfish and two koi and have also grown some lotus from seeds, which seem to be doing quite well. The two koi are named Blue Flash and Silver Streak. The orangest goldfish is Donnie of course, and the others I can’t tell apart except for little Freddie who is the smallest and least sociable. Whilst the koi show off as they race up and down the pond doing laps, the goldfish mostly paddle around together in a jolly group. Poor little Freddie however, just keeps to himself and hides between the plant pots. I sit on the bench and call him to come and play but to no avail. I hope he’ll be okay but only time will tell.


The keeper of the pond is Ali, who we found hiding out at our local nursery. Because he’s so scary, his presence is very effective at making sure that all the inhabitants behave themselves.


We also have two toads on lookout duty from the edge of the waterfall. Warty and Rocky may not look very menacing but I can assure you that they stand for no nonsense.


Little Sammy would love to pop in and join the fun, but has to make do with peering in from  the outside of the screen.


This is a bit late for the WPC ‘Transformation’, but better late than never.

Hope you’re all having a splendid week. I’ll keep you updated on Freddie if he ever shows his little face again. I’m not hopeful.





64 comments on “WPC Transformation: A Fishy Tale

  1. You and hubby have a marvelous sense of decor. I bet having that waterfall is totally relaxing! As for Freddy, if he’s very much smaller than the other fish he may be worried about becoming someone’s lunch!

  2. What a transformation, Sylvia! Love all the peaceful inhabitants in your beautiful oasis. Congrats to hubby …and you. I can see your hand in this too 🙂

  3. Love it and so serene could also be part of this weeks WPC. We originally had gold fish in our out door ponds, but the gold colour attracted all the fish eating birds to dinner and they didn’t last long. Now we have native, dull coloured, small fish who breed like rabbits and are very fast so the birds have given up on them…

  4. Sylvia it looks remarkable. Is there nothing your husband can’t do? What a soothing sound the water must be and of course I would love being on the watch for the pond inhabitants.

    • Thanks so much, Sue. Chris will tackle anything with his usual fervor. I truly believe there’s nothing he can’t do once he puts his mind to it, especially with my enthusiastic encouragement to spur him on. 😀

  5. What a lovely area you’ve created between you, Ad. 🙂 And, phew, you just beat Ben to it on WP! 🙂 Is your vision fully restored yet? You’ve had a bit of a time of it.

  6. What a wonderful indoor room to keep you cool and with on going fish entertainment. I hope little Freddie settles in & becomes sociable. I always think it is very relaxing watching fish swimming & they are very greaceful.

  7. S- I feel like I have been on this house journey with you on and off for a while – and that is fun!
    and seeing the and before and after was nice – your hubs did a fine job – I like those circle stones in red – ahhhhh

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