The Water Garden
I always wanted a small water garden in a whiskey barrel or in a pond form and finally had the opportunity to experiment with one last summer. After digging a hole in the hard stone ground while my husband "supervised" , I finally got to fill it up with water, put some water plants in and wait a week or two. We happily went down to the fish farm and I promptly bought some fish. A week later, to my horror, one was floating on the water. I learned after more research that goldfish need lots of water or a very good filtration method because they add alot of ammonia to a water feature.
So off to the local home maintenance store to buy a water filtration system and more fish. A day later, I went down for my daily zen moment only to see a garter snake happily "running"away with one of my fish in his mouth. I tried to chase it down, but it was a lost cause unfortunately. Since I like snakes in my garden because they eat insects and such, we had to relocate him down further away.
Happy to say that the fish are now healthy and the snakes are at bay. Hope you get to see the pond to have your own zen moment by the water.