Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Pond Visit – John Darwood

What is it with the weather right now?  Continuous rain, but we’re in drought?  It doesn’t compute.  Nevertheless, John Darwood and his wife hosted a lovely pond visit last weekend for club members. 
This was probably the first visit for many of the new members to John’s show piece pond, and John gave us a tour of his setup and filter room.  It’s a fantastic set up and has been featured by koi mag as a pond of the month – which you can read here:
John and his wife made us all feel comfortable in the inclement conditions with a gazebo protecting us from the rain and a lovely breakfast spread on the barbie.  Most of the club rolled up and spent some time looking at John’s wonderful pond set up and then migrated to the warmth of the barbie for koi chat and bacon butties.






John’s fish are doing well under the water line, despite the inclement conditions above it and he pointed out some of the new additions including a kohaku and doitsu ochiba which will be a joy to see grow and develop. The pond and garden work well together which makes quite an imposing pond blend in.









John’s pond vacuum set up is just as well thought out as his filter house – practical and well made; this vacuum pump sits on wheels so it’s easy to move around
A big thank you to John and his wife for putting on the pond visit, and hosting us this early in the year.
Happy koi keeping
Adam

3 comments:

Looks like another great visit to Val and John's pond despite the weather - but then it's always a visit NOT to be missed.

Sorry I couldn't make it guys.

BTW, did Sam Fox pop in this year?

Cheers

Bob

Looks like another great visit to Val and John's pond despite the weather - but then it's always a visit NOT to be missed.

Sorry I couldn't make it guys.

BTW, did Sam Fox pop in this year?

Cheers

Bob

No sign of Sam this year (or at least not whilst Mark and I were there!)

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