Several people have asked to see my pond, and so I will show it:
My pond was an experience in concrete construction. Digging the hole was easy. My son helped. After that, he decided to visit friends for a few days! The concrete work was a bit harder, but still satisfying. (At least for me.) My dad was intrigued by the concrete mixer, and decided to help me - for one day. After that day, I didn't see him until the project was complete!
I usually make a mistake on every project, and this one was no exception. The mistake was changing my plans in the middle of construction. I had planned to use 12" square concrete blocks to cap it off. When I got to the garden center, they looked so small, I decided on 16" square blocks instead.
I thought it'd be an easy change. But, it wasn't. It threw off my design. So, it ended up not fitting exactly perfectly. (Why didn't I think of that when I was at the garden center?)
But the worse thing about changing to larger blocks was that I could barely pick them up! (Why didn't I think of that when I was at the garden center?) Twelve inch square blocks would have been a piece of cake to work with. The weight of the 16" square blocks, though, made it almost impossible for me to properly work with them. It's a wonder any of them are level!
Still, I love my pond.
It has a cooling effect. It attracts birds. It gives a relaxing feel. It makes a soothing sound.
I love seeing the colorful fish swimming around. I love feeding them.
I love the water plants in the pond, too.
Maintenance is not hard. (After finally getting the right filtering system - but that's another story.)
It may not be perfect, but it represents several weeks worth of hard work. And I enjoy it daily.
What more could one ask for?