Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My Pond


We've lived by this pond for the last 27 years. To say that I love this wonderful body of water would truly be an understatement...

I can't begin to count the number of hours spent over the years fishing with our children, (whether they actually were ours (GB and me) or the children of our family and friends - by the way, those kids are ours too!). The kids swam in it - and how they tried and tried to get a rope swing up and swingin' over so they could splash in, ala Huck Finn, but that wasn't meant to be - alas, no good sturdy tree limb close to the pond edge was ever found. Our various dogs spent hours and hours wading in to cool off in the summer or to fetch balls thrown in the water for them (until GB and I finally got tired of wet-smelly-dog-in-the-house syndrome - thank you Electric Fence Company!). Oh, and there were the marvelous ice skating parties, for young and old, enjoyed over the years! Big bon-fires on the edge of the pond...at night flood lights to light the ice and skaters, and always hot chocolate to warm cold noses and toes. We've fed the swimming mallards, chased the Canada geese back in the pond (their poop really is a big problem) and watched turkeys take running launches from our yard to fly over the pond up to their tree roosts by the home you see across the water (turkey poop is also a big problem). We've seen many deer in the yard and on the edge of the pond. There have been muskrats, hawks, racoons, squirrels squirrels squirrels, bunnies, an occasional coyote or two, and many many different song birds. And I can't forget the many many picnics, outdoor parties, family gatherings, reunions, birthdays, farewells, graduations, weddings, babies...the memories go on and on. 

Looking back, I personally can't forget the photo opportunities afforded me, now that I've become quite interested in this preoccupation. Whether my execution has been good or bad, the opportunity for brilliance has constantly presented itself over the years on and around this exceptional pond of ours. 

I love this pond of mine. 

We most likely won't always live by it, 
but it will always be near and dear to my heart. 

The memories will never be forgotten. 

~~~

xoabb




25 comments:

  1. What a lovely sentiment, Annie. And how wonderful you make it sound, season after season!

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  2. It's very beautiful and made me relive the memories of my own pond. Great writing...and a lovely photo! I hope you enjoy it for many years to come.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your memories.

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  4. Wonderful memories...I liked reading about them.

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  5. Now I love it too. What a great remembrance you have written here.

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  6. Thank you for the wonderful tour. This 2nd week of meme really makes us appreciate the many places that we don't usually see or ever had a chance to visit like the one you showed me in this post. Hope you get to have time to check my world too. Another great job and more to come in the coming weeks.

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  7. It is so good to meet someone else who truly loves to live where they live, cognisant of the beauty which surrouds and enhances life.
    I hope we never leave this place except for the final journey. Just as my mother-in-law did, from her own living room with my sister officiating, children and grandchildren carrying the coffin and all of us escorting her up the drive to the gate.
    God's waiting rooms we have no intention of sitting in. I hope you too can enjoy your home until the final call comes.

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  8. What a beautiful setting you live in and thank you for sharing your memories of it with me.

    Bear((( )))

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  9. Aww.. what a truly wonderful post! A special pond indeed!

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  10. It is a very special place, indeed.

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  11. Your own pond -- how great...
    Loved reading it's story...

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  12. What a nice read! Love it!
    Well done!
    Cheers, Klaus

    P.S.: Please don't forget to add your country next time next to your name in MyWorlds Mr. Linky! :)

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  13. A beautiful post. A beautiful place. Hoping we get to CT early enough on Friday to stop by SES and finally meet.

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  14. Wow fantastic pic, I love the colors. Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers!
    Regina In Pictures

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  15. No wonder you've stayed there for 27 years!

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  16. Annie: Loved the story and the wonderful photo of the pond. I'm so glad it was an important part of your life.

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  17. Very Interesting and it's truly very pretty! I love stories like this and I'm so glad you shared it w/ us.

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  18. How lucky you are to have such a beautiful pond right on your property. You write about it with such love. Beautifully done.

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  19. Your pond is gorgeous, and I love the memories you have of it. (My favorite is the ice skating parties.) I hope you live near it for a LONG time. It would be sad to leave.

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  20. I like your pond, too. Thanks for sharing it with us again.

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  21. You are lucky to live where you live. You have plenty of memories and thanks for sharing them with us.

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  22. What a lovely post. It sounds like so many wonderful memories have been made. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. How great to have your own pond and such memories, thanks for sharing them

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  24. Thank you for the wonderful tour. This 2nd week of meme really makes us appreciate the many places that we don't usually see or ever had a chance to visit like the one you showed me in this post. Hope you get to have time to check my world too. Another great job and more to come in the coming weeks.

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Thank you for taking the time to leave a thought. It's appreciated! xoabb