Sunday, June 18, 2006


"Take almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a dale, and leaves you there by a pool in the stream. There is magic in it. Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries--stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region. Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor. Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded forever."- Herman Melville, Moby Dick
We search for inspiration
and found it at:
that finally looked just right
to all of us
and - the digging began...

After a few hours
of hard and sweaty work
there was a big hole in the ground.
dirt and rocks exposed
it looked as if someone was either
making a horrid mess or that progress was beginning

By day's end
it is possible
to see the shape
of things still to come.

"How often it is that a garden, beautiful though it be, will seem sad and dreary and lacking in one of its most gracious features, if it has no water." - Pierre Husson

Many thanks to Harmony In Line for her encouragement


Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

Hooray! Endment has a pond!
I hope it goes well!
(My pond is probably going to return to its former status of "marsh"...unless I line it with something)

11:41 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Oooo very cool, can't wait to see the finished product.

12:36 AM  
Blogger Pam in Tucson said...

How exciting! There will be endless enjoyment for you after all the hard work.

2:03 AM  
Blogger silverlight said...

Ok, I'm going to say something real smart.
Ah,ha, a Bear bathtub.
I hope not.
It will be a lovely addition to your landscape. The sound of the waterfall will be soothing and cooling on hot days.

3:36 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

susan gets native and jennifer
There is still a l-o-t of work before it sees any water (unless it rains) We are putting in a liner - if all goes well that may go in today - I am suspicious there may be more things we need to pick-up first. Perhaps by July :)

pam in tucson
thanks for stopping by while you are on vacation - hope you are having a wonderful trip!!!

you may be right - perhaps a bear bathtub ;) we will see!

6:48 AM  
Blogger kerrdelune said...

A lovely rounded pond in the making, Endment and the photos are delightful - your pond will be spectacular when it is finished, and oh that tiny pansy, its resplendent golds and purples.

8:44 AM  
Blogger HoBess said...

I envision many photos coming to us soon from near this new feature. Enjoy!

p.s.-- I'm printing your "food for thought" now. So inspiring. THANKS!

11:57 AM  
Blogger Star said...

Progress is being made, indeed! Don't worry about rushing it. You will reap the rewards of doing this project right from the beginning. My brother created a wonderful pond at his first home and it provided many hours of enjoyment...another habitat in which to view the creatures around us.

Please keep us posted with progress photos :-)

1:50 PM  
Blogger Darius said...

Beautiful. That top photo's striking, the delicacy of the object and vividness of the colors.

2:27 PM  
Blogger tai haku said...

nice contoured shape there Endment. I'm sure it will be a frog-filled dragonfly deliverer before long.

3:24 PM  
Blogger lenĂ© said...

I especially like the first quote, Endment. It's so true. Good luck on your pond making. :)

5:29 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Oh, Endment, lucky (and hard-working) you! What a wonderful thing to add to your garden. I trust you'll show us more as you go?

That first photo is strikingly sweet, in an intense, jewel-like way. Lovely as ever.

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

Adventurous aren't we? Going to put goldfish in there too?. Thanks for identify the photo of the flower on my blog.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Cynthia E. Bagley said...

That looks like work. :-)

9:45 PM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

We have a small pond in our yard. The birds bathe there. Herons have come to snatch the fish, raccoons too. The sound of the small waterfall is subtle and meditative. I imagine your pond will be full of the most beautiful things, expected and unexpected. Looking forward to progress photos.

9:49 PM  
Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

You're well on your way - that digging is hard work!

The viola is lovely - I have some planted by my pond - reminds me I need to get out there and do some weeding while I visit with the fish.

10:52 PM  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

Great quotes! Beautiful sentiments. The pansy is very sweet.
It's going to be a lovely pond, I can just see it now.

6:06 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

I am so looking forward to finishing this pond... We know we are just beginning. The little Johnnie-jump-up is one of the plants I started under my grow lights.

glad you liked the "food for thought" - me too :)
good guess about the photos that will be coming ;)

Thanks for your encouragement --- although the pond is well under way - there is still a lot to be doneperhaps more than has been done to this point... Yes there will be pictures :)

thanks for your visit and your comment

tai haku
i am really looking forward to the frogs and dragonflies :)

Listening to the river, watching the activity on the water... how they draw us...

in the midst of the work, hot air and smog --- it is tempting to run inside and say enough --- but we look forward to the reward (ug) I just cheer - it is the guys who are doing all the work.

I wouldn't be at all surprised to find goldfish in the pond by next year (perhaps sooner) the waterfall is still going to take a lot of time - and since we are doing it ourselves I suspect it will be a lot more time :)

cynthia e bagley
ah ha --- you got it!!! ;)

robin andrea
your pond sounds wonderful! --- do we get to see photos or do I just need to look further back in your archives?

thanks a million (perhaps more in this time of inflation ;) for your help!

today - those are words that are sweet to my ears "it's going to be a lovely pond..." how did you know how much they would be appreciated :)

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Cindy said...

it'll be beautiful :) I had to chop through tree roots for my small recirculating pond, but it's no where as deep as yours- birds won't bathe in a deep pond, I hope you keep the end shallow.
Looking forward to the finished project, am sure it will be lovely.

12:41 PM  
Blogger paris parfait said...

Congratulations! It's going to be beautiful. Soon you'll see results of all your hard work.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Endment said...

there will be a shallow stream entering the pond and a small fall of water... space for the birds near both of those areas. Hummingbirds are already catching a sip on the fly. We have several small bird baths around the yard (don't want to forget the birds :)

paris parfait
still waiting to get parts for the small falls and to finish the stream --- in a few days we can add plants... Thanks for the encouragement

8:46 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Oh Endment, how wonderful for you to have this element in your garden. I dream of this .....

2:59 AM  
Blogger ian russell said...

ponds are great aren't they? it doesn't take long for nature to take over either - actually ours needs a bit of intervention because nature has really taken over too much!
have you planned for someplace to sit and watch the comings and goings? :o)

6:39 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

this has been a dream of mine for years and years --- I hope your dream soon becomes a reality!

ian russell
we have several places to view the pond -- from above on the deck and soon from a small patio area where we can be in somewhat of a blind and watch the birds and animals --- lots of work yet before this is a reality :)

8:43 AM  
Blogger Sigrid Jardin said...

Oh what joy, a new pond! The insects and birds will bless you, my dear!

8:35 PM  
Blogger harmonyinline said...

Oh gorgeous, and I absolutely love your poem.

9:05 AM  
Blogger RavenGrrl said...

Endment, I could have sworn I left a comment here yesterday. Oh well. Maybe my brain is on the blink. Anyway, It was a long way of saying good luck with your pond and .... that first photo of the viola is absolutely exquisite!

12:25 PM  

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