Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Pond Garden

 Green Rippled Reflections

Before you, you will see three little waterfalls and a rubber duckie at the mouth of the stream. The green and white in the pond are the reflections of clouds and leaves, from the maple and basswood. A person could really enjoy sitting next to the pond...if only the mosquitoes would stay away!

I don't understand why the word 'mosquito' has to have an 'e' when it's made plural. I don't like the way that looks. I suppose it's to make the long vowel sound for the 'o.' But there should be exceptions for words that just look better without the extra vowel. Mosquitos.  Every Bolivian knows how to pronounce that.

 Sunken Treasure
Ferns and Mossy Rocks

I don't know the scientific name for the weed in the upper right of the photo, but it seems to have appeared in this neck of the woods in the past 5-6 years. And now it's everywhere! At least it has very shallow roots and is easy to pull, if one feels so inclined. I wish I had noticed it before I took the photo, and that I had felt so inclined.





 The Odd Ball

This is actually a snail on a rock in the pond. The white is from reflections of the clouds overhead and the white at the top of the photo is from a ripple in the pond. I thought it was such an odd photo, the snail breaking the surface of the water.

 Lloyd, Bridger, Misty

My dad loved my dogs. This photo was taken in June of 2008. My dad died in December of 2010, and I'm always happy when I come across another photo of him. I think he's trying to get the chocolate out of his teeth or something. My dad still makes me laugh.


 Faking it

I don't remember if this little fella's name is 'Adagio' or 'Largo.' I think we had one of each. I do know that for a long time I kept him in the bathroom sink where he fooled a lot of people. Now he lives on a mossy rock at the edge of the pond. He likes it out there. Besides, he doesn't want to get into it with the alligator I keep in the shower. When the water hits the alligator just right, his jaws and tail move, just from the force of the shower stream. Every shower needs an alligator. Every pond needs a turtle. Every blog post needs an end -  this one especially.



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25 comments:

Eileen said...

That's a lovely post. What a nice photo of your dad with your dogs. Sorry for your loss but I'm glad he still makes you laugh :-)

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Great ending to your post, you made me laugh! It's always a precious moment when we come upon a picture of a lost loved one. Great photo of your Dad....I'm sure you have many great memories as well. Ok, explain the alligator?!

EM Illustrator said...

Beautiful post and great photo of your Dad. I bet you have many nice memories, as I have of my dad.
Have a lovely day...still raining here :(

Sandra said...

that last picture touched the bottom of my heart. the dogs and your dad, just perfect. what a memory jogger it is. that first shot of the pond is beautiful... alligator in the shower? LOL....

Jenn said...

This is a great post, Judy! I needed the laugh today! And of course, I love the picture with your dad! Thanks for sharing.

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Okay, that is your cutest post ever!! When our kids were growing up we had a Saint Bernard named Sadie who loved to sleep on her back in the bathtub. You should have seen everyone's face who would go back there and would come running out because we forget to warn them that she was there!

Cranberry Morning said...

Okay, here's the deal with the alligator: He's about 12 inches long and made of soft rubber. I bought him because the little grandsons were coming out to visit. I was going to give him to them, but decided to place him on the floor of the shower instead. He's very active when the water hits him, so there he remains. He's a nice shower companion. :-)

Parsley said...

Love this! The pond is beautiful. I can see myself sipping some tea with the dogs at my feet. Of course I adore turtles as well. Great pic of your Dad. Wonderful memories there.

Sue said...

Funny st, made me smile, so glad you have happy memories of your dad, it's a lovely picture.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Loved the photos and your post!!

GretchenJoanna said...

That picture of your dad really evokes the moment - the mug in hand, the dog, the garden scene. It makes me think of my father and all the times I saw him sitting similarly with his dogs nearby. I don't know if I have a camera picture of such a scene but yours brought my mental picture to the fore. Thanks!

Baking with Blondie said...

Such a precious memory to keep close - and a beautiful picture to keep even closer. What a beautiful pond and waterfall - I don't know how I'd ever be able to take even a step away from that gorgeous place. Love it.

Vera said...

Your pond and watergarden is so beautiful and serene looking. I spied your rock with name and think that's something I'd like to re-create when we ever build our watergarden. Priceless treasures are the memories of loved ones. Thanks for sharing.

Vera said...

Pond and watergarden-ARE

April Phillips said...

Is that really your pond?? It's gorgeous!! I want one!!

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Great photos. Loved the post! I agree, every garden needs a turtle! :) We had one for years hiding in the flower beds, not sure where he has gotten to....

The Farmer's Daughter said...

You touched a soft spot in my life with the photo and comment about your Dad. I lost mine in 2005--but, like you, every time I find a photo of him, I have to smile.
I found your blog through Apron History--and have enjoyed my visit! I'll be back. . .

Ginger Zuck said...

What a lovely relaxing spot. Great photo of your dad, that is so special!

Lois Christensen said...

Very sweet post and a lovely photo of your dad. Hope you're having a great day.

Joyce said...

Such a lovely pond. I love finding old pics of my dad too..a happy surprise.

Debra said...

Thanks for the laugh and the smile. I must hear more about this alligator...

Chatty Crone said...

I am glad you have such great memories about your dad - he looked like a nice man - and he loved being with your dogs! sandie

Carla said...

Cute Judy!

How did you make your rock with your last name on it?
I love it!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.

Denise said...

Nice post.

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