The pond

I thought the hardest thing to leave behind in my Ontario garden would be the pond (aka summer swimming hole, winter skating rink)…We got a neighbour to scoop out a hole in the ground…20′ deep x 50′ x 30′ wide with big excavating equipment.  It took only a year for groundwater to seep in and fill it up (gotta love hard pan clay soil!)

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But we’ve landed in this place on Vancouver Island with a lovely (albeit much smaller) garden pond….no swimming, no skating!!  But water, nonetheless….

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Extreme close up, gorgeous colours…
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Marsh marigolds, iris, blue, blue reflections…
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Water captures all the gold in the sunlight some days…
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Close up…blue, blue skies
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and, finally a painting of ponds….
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Author: joannewesterby

Although I lived in Ontario for 25 years, Vancouver Island has always been home to me. 15 years ago we bought a "little house on the prairie" in Brant County, just outside Hamilton, Ancaster and Brantford, Ontario. Over the years, with a lot of sweat, determination, luck, skill, frustration, elation and endurance we turned that 2 acre clay field into an amazing oasis...as chronicled in Through Leaves. When we recently retired we immediately came back 'home' to the Coast. We have settled in beautiful central Vancouver Island at the edge of Nanaimo on 1/2 acre with a mature shrub garden adjacent to a ravine that winds its way up to Westwood Lake and eventually Mount Benson. Although the garden is mature and gorgeous...it is very overgrown, too homogenous for my liking and needs my personal stamp! I am dizzy with the possibilities!!!

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