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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 07:43
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The fish sound lovely Sandra. How do you manage to keep predators away? I suppose the fish can dive down?
The heron used to wade in and get ours. I wouldn't mind if it just ate its fill and flew away but it killed as many as it could and left them. Bit like a fox. Then, one day, I thought I saw an otter or was it a mink

The moorhens are fantastic to watch. They are very protective and will see off Mallards and any other birds that dare to come too near. They feed in the garden and will chase pigeons, crows, starlings off "their" territory.

We will leave the pond behind when we build the bungalow. It will be behind us and shielded by a fence. I hope the moorhens find a way to come and feed in our garden again.
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We donít live in the country Pat

We live slap bang in a town

Our ivy covered house protects the sparrows

Our high hedges allow blackbirds to nest and raise their young

The pond is safe, predators canít get to it

And anyway itís 6ft deep

Which is why itís such a big job to waterproof it

But itís finished, three coats and now seven days, and then four days under water

Drained refilled and the fish will return

Itís been hard but Albert has done it

And when filled our beautiful Koi will swim freely again

The filters will work, the UV filters will be switched on and the pump will circulate the water

All will be well

And we will celebrate with a few new fish chosen by our grandkids

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And the rats will come to drink from this pond

The frogs will mate here

A source of water

And life will go on , the circle of life

And I wonít kill any of it

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Well done Albert!

Water is very restful.

Would you like a couple of moorhens? I am sure they would take on the rats
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We had considered a couple of cats to stake out their territory Pat

But they would also keep birds away, and possibly the frogs

Also we no longer have any visiting cats as we used to , and canít help wondering why?

Rarely see a cat now around here

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We have never found cats to be very reliable. Some of our cats were prolific hunters while others were couch potatoes
We did have the feral cat around for a while and she did seem to have an effect on the mouse and rat population. Never saw her hunting birds but that is not to say that she wouldn't if there was nothing else to hunt. I am sure Cats Protection, or other cat sanctuaries, would let you have one of their feral cats to install in a shed somewhere.
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We that wouldnít work for me Pat

I have considered installing our feral dog in a shed somewhere

As I say ,whether or not I should

Those young rats have afforded me hours of pleasure

Sleek, shiny alive , enjoying life

And I canít watch badgers , hedgehogs etc ,in my garden

Iím not lucky enough to live in the middle of the country , but in a town

So rats will just have to do, along with frogs, birds and beautiful coloured fish

They all need a source of water

As do we

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In another life I used to work with rats, Sandra. They are fantastic creatures and make amazing pets. Don't think Shadow would appreciate you getting one or two as pets though!
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Shadow is a waste of time

Would he chase a rat

Would he heíll

Heís very much live and let live

Unless itís people he doesnít know

And then live and let live goes out the window

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But slowly our small garden will return

Fish will swim, hosta will bloom

I love them them

And bright red geraniums will bloom in this garden

My herbs will grow once again , they are already growing

And the mint is doing well

But I donít use it so much to cook , unless Iím doing lamb

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