Thursday, October 27, 2011

On Golden Pond

   As some of you know this summer we had a pond made on our property by Ducks Unlimited and we are enjoying it so much.In the beginning it looked like a giant mud puddle but now it has filled up more and the muddiness has started to settle.

We have planted some serviceberry trees, viburnum,grasses etc around it and in the spring hope to plant some white flowering crabapple trees.I love how the trees reflect into the pond.

A mirror image of our house.
My husband built a little dock for us to sit and enjoy the view and the sounds of nature.

We had our first duck visit us this week-hopefully he will bring friends the next time! It was so peaceful watching him swim around the pond.

It is my new favorite spot for a cup of hot cider or hot chocolate.
Hot chocolate anyone?

Will you have the apple cider or the hot chocolate?
On a beautiful autumn day it is the perfect place to relax!
Our son gave us a rubber dory to row around the pond on.Our old wooden dory leaks so we have to find a way to fix it -so it is for looks only at the moment.

Hope you have time to sit for a spell!

I am joining Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday.

Also joining My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.

I hope you all have a lovely relaxing weekend!



A Whole Lotta Magic said...

We lived in the country for 18 years and had property and a pond much like yours. Never could we sit anywhere near it for the bugs would eat us alive. A different one for each season, lol!

Hope you have better luck.


Candylei said...

You have your own national park! Was there any water there before? It just opens up the area and lightens it as well. I imagine you will have Canada geese there next spring! Magnificent!

Linda said...

Sigh... What a serene setting, Carolyn! I just love looking at the pond. You'll surely have tons more photo opportunities. I can't wait to see it in winter.

Kudos to you and Andrew, and all your family members, and the people at Ducks Unlimited, too, who contributed to this wonderful creation. It gives me goosebumps! Doesn't that little duck look as though he is so pleased with himself that he found your pond...What lucky duckies!!!!!

Sweet post today, my friend.

Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Susan said...

Wow, Carolyn. Imagine having a whole pond installed! It looks quite gorgeous. I know you will enjoy it in all seasons. Great photos, too. Thanks so much for sharing. Susan

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, you built a really large pond. I am sure you will enjoy it. Ours started as a small puddle for cattle to drink from when this was pasture land. We had it enlarged a few years ago. Ours is spring fed. We have a vein of granite under our property and several natural springs.

Pamela Gordon said...

I'd love to sit on your dock by the pond. What a beautiful spot to relax a listen to and watch nature. The reflections are beautiful. I'll take hot chocolate please. Have a lovely weekend Carolyn!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Beautiful. It looks like Paradise.

Heaven's Walk said...

Carolyn - you have now created a piece of heaven right outside your heavenly house! It's just beautiful! Can you tell me more about DU diggin that for you? Is it a project that they do for applicants...? I'd love to create a habitat like that in my back yard. Beautiful photos...and can you just imagine how lovely it's going to look in the winter...? Wow...

xoxo laurie

Georgianna said...

Somehow I missed that you had a pond installed, Carolyn. And oh, my, now your garden is truly perfection! It looks fantastic and I love the little dock and chairs. You will have so many wonderful moments and beautiful photos to share! Wishing you a beautiful weekend. – g

Jocelyne said...

It's very beautiful ! And I'm sure you will not only have ducks but also deer and goose come to visit your pond. Your pictures are beautiful and I really love your collages !
Have a nice week-end !

Sheila said...

It's interesting to hear that Ducks Unlimited helped establish your pond. We live 3 hours south of Fort McMurray by car but closer "as the duck flies". 17 years ago we had huge flocks of ducks flying into a little lake closely but in the past 5 or 6 years we've only seen a handful of ducks. It's big news that last week I saw a flock of 25 or 30 fly over our land. We suspect that the loss of ducks is because they've landed in the "ponds" at Fort McMurray. Your pond is beautiful surrounded by the autumn leaves.

Lady Jane said...

I'll take the Hot Cider please and that blanket is perfect. Thank you. Hugs, LJ

Carol said...

Carolyn, This added element of water truly makes your place a unique paradise on earth. I have loved watching the process and now to see your magic touch of charm draped over the chairs and dock . . . delicious. How lovely to have your first duck!! Oh, the wildlife you will now have visiting! The reflections are stunning. I look forward to seeing your plantings develop too. Beautiful photographs. Congratulations on the christening of your new pond! May you have many flocks to follow! You have created a gift for both yourselves and wildlife. Well Done!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Spectacular! How exciting to have your first duck visit. It's all so picturesque!

Beverly said...

Carolyn, you have created a place of magnificence. It is gorgeous. I hope you enjoy every moment.

Anna at the Doll House said...

I can imagine you skating there in the winter - then I'm sure there will be lots of hot chocolate.


Madelief said...

Hi Carolyn,

I would love some hot chocolate please :-)!

Your pond looks beautiful. It must be lovely having a view of the pond from the house. I agree with Anna. It must be fun in winter too. I can already see your grandchildren skating there!

Happy weekend,


Bernideen said...

Ones shoulders relax just viewing these photos of your pond and peaceful retreat.

Unknown said...

How wonderful for you to have such wonderful property to build a pond. I sure hope the ducks come to call this pond home..I'll have hot chocolate thank you and may all your days be as beautiful.

Marilyn Miller said...

This would be a dream come true for me to have such a place by water. I dream of a dock with two Adirondack chairs, just as you have. You have styled them so beautifully too. Send my welcome to the duck too. Dreams do come true!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Carolyn
The pond is really nice and big. Is it spring fed at all or do you have to rely on rain to keep it up?
It certainly has added a cottage charm to your property, lucky you!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Carolyn...

Your pond is AWESOME, my friend! Ohhh yes...I could spend the entire afternoon out on your little pier...just taking in the beautiful scenery! I have seen a few of your photos (before) of your chairs on the pier but didn't realize that they were taken at your very own pond. I really do think it's fabulous!!!

You certainly did set an inviting hot cocoa, my friend! Lovely photos!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pond with us!

Thanks so much for coming by for a visit! I sooo enjoyed your sweet note, my friend!

Warmest autumn wishes,

Sigrun said...

Carolyn, the pond is a realy fun to see. I love the mirrorpictures, sometime I made one like you. The deck is wonderful with that adirondeckchairs, but I can not sit on them.
Have a great weekend.


Anonymous said...

Hi Carolyn! Oh, the pond is fabulous! Looks like it was truly meant to be! Your home is so lovely reflected in it! Love your little dock to sit and relax! You just live in a 'dream' place! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Camille said...

Love the pond and the reflections in the water. I would love to sit there with a cup of hot cider.

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Brenda Leyland @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

What an exquisite home in such beautiful surroundings... my idea of heaven on earth... aka Eden!

Thank SO much for sharing.... it does our heart good to see!

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Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I do love your pond, Carolyn. The adirondacks down by the water is so charming. It must be lovely to sit and listen to the sounds of nature around you while sipping your beverage. You must have been thrilled to have your first duck check it out too. Beautiful photos!


Betty said...

Another delight to add to all the others at your place :)

Naul said...

Hi Carolyn,

The pond is beautiful. Could you tell me how big it is- I mean, the area like square feet/ square meters?


Carolyn said...

Hi Naul,
The pond covers about 2 acres of land on our 10 acre property.

Thanks for visiting,