Had a funny phone call from some plumbing company. Hendersons? Or was it Andersons? Anyways, I think they drive around London in big orange vans. They started asking me a lot of questions: At the beginning I hadn't a clue what they were on about. Apparently I'm on their website as a resident gardener? And they asked me to remove my blog from their website.

I explained to him that I had no idea what he was talking about, that my younger son had set my blog up and as far as I was concerned this plumbing company was squatting on my website. They should sling their hook and find another website! There was a long silence on the line which I presume meant he had got the message, so I hung up.


Anyway I want to tell you about my pond which I built 9 years ago. As you can see by the photos it is a rather large pond, in some places it steps down to five feet deep.
I built the rockery using the excess soil from the pond. And a waterfall, where the water is pumped from the deepest part of the pond to the highest point of the rockery, where it flows naturally back down again. Apart from being a nice water feature it acts as a good filter for the pond.
Over the years I've introduced a number of oxygen plants, and with the filter, the water has always been clear. The pond does not suffer too much from algae, while the ammonia and nitrite levels are low. As a result, the oxygen levels are good.




A good selection of fish have built up over the years: Koi, Goldfish, Shubunkin , Tench and numerous others. But the undisputed king of them all is Jaws, a very large Mirror Carp at twenty four inches long, weighing 8 to 10 pounds.

Jaws has a habit of eating anything that gets in his way: Small frogs, tadpoles, baby fish and all types of insects. He can move extremely fast, raising his head out of the water to attack. He is known to take on cats, which come within vicinity of the pond and has the scars on his back to prove it.




About two years ago a family of herons took up residence within the tree on the embankment beside the garden. Two fully grown ones and a baby. The baby came down a couple of times and used to look into the pond (see photo). But as soon as I came out of the garden room door it would fly away. About two weeks later they disappeared and I never saw them again. Until a month ago.


The baby one was now fully grown, and had started to stalk the fish. This was the beginning of the Battle for the pond...