Sometimes one thing leads to another. Well that has what has happened to my garden! I don’t have a garden I am proud of, too many children running amok, scooting and trampolining takes there affect. However I recently won a fab hanging chair on a twitter competition (you should know how much I like entering comps by now!). The chair looked fab, but a little lonely in my garden!
We then decided to have a patio built in the garden, somewhere nice to sit and relax and watch the children playing. This is currently on order and work should start on it in the next month or so. I will do a whole post then! Lee and I then said having a water feature would be another great touch. Who doesn’t like the sound of running water. Almost as soon as we had finished saying that it was something we would do next year, an invite to review, dropped into my emails from swell. Swell have invited bloggers to encourage their children to learn more about aquatics, ponds and water life. I knew the children would love this and we decided to review an affinity pond. The pond arrived just before our holiday.
I won’t lie putting it together was a challenge, once or twice we might have even swore when the kids were not around. The problem is that once the sides are put together you add the liner and have to screw it in almost blind. You can’t see what you are doing. Lee gave up but thankfully I persevered with the liner whilst he looked at the pump! Once together it is really sturdy and looks impressive.
That is where we left it as we went off on our adventures to Trevella. Since coming home we have finished it off. Getting the pump operational was really quick and easy. Dylan had become especially keen to get some fish and I am sure this has been heavily influenced by the hands on approach we have had with nature whilst on holiday. I wanted some lillies as I always think they look beautiful but I didn’t realise the roots sit on the bottom, therefore they were not practical with the depth of this pond.
Therefore Dylan took control by choosing the fish and now with feeding them. We also bought the plants to add colour and life to the pond. We really like having the window and back door open so we can hear the water. This has been a great addition to the garden and I am now one step closer to getting my oasis of calm! Erin enjoys watching the fish through the pond windows. I feel this is an especially good pond purchase when you have toddlers as they cannot fall in. It is a very safe, obviously toddlers still need to be supervised near the pond.
Disclosure: We were gifted the pond for the purpose of the review, the thoughts, opinions and pictures are all my own!