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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Fish on Friday

Mr. Anhinga really enjoys a bit of fish on a Friday. “Now where’s that pesky fish disappeared to? I’m sure I saw it only a few seconds ago.”

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“Nope can’t see it. Come out, come out wherever you are!”

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“Coming up for air, but I’m not giving up. Just a few quick breaths and I’ll get that fish if it’s the last thing I do.”

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“Ha! Gotcha! Thought you could hide from me, did you? Well you were wrong.”

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“Sorry to spoil your weekend, but I’m afraid you’re not going to live to enjoy it. Bet you’re feeling like a fish out of water, aren’t you?”

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“You’re a bit bigger than my normal lunch,  but let’s get you to dry land and then I’ll be able to maneuver better.”

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“Now, I just have to work out how to get you to fit down the ‘red lane’.

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“Easy does it. Just stop wriggling already! Yep, I got the hang of it now.”

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“Down the hatch you go. *Gulp* I’ve got such a lump in my throat, just thinking of how you won’t be going home for the weekend, but ……….the survival of the fittest and all that.”

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“Nothing like a bit of sushi for lunch! Time to dry off my wings now. Wait till I tell the boys about this. They’re not gonna believe what a BIG fish I caught today.”

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Hope you enjoyed my fishy tale. I’m linking this post to Charlotte’s ‘Feathers on Friday’ challenge,

Happy weekend to you all.