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Weekly Photo Challenge: Repurpose

RE-PURPOSING A SWIMMING POOL

You buy that house because, among other conveniences, it has a swimming pool. Perfect for the children to learn to swim in. And they do. Learn to swim I mean. And they have wonderful times right throughout the summer, never changing out of their swimwear. You have pool parties for them, wild splashing games with friends all afternoon. Food is served on the terrace.And it is such fun and you thing this will always be your life.

Then comes phase two. Languid teens sunbathe at the poolside squealing at little brothers who tease them with bomb-dives that engulf them. Then the little brothers grow up and sunbathe at OTHER girl’s pools. And dad swims once or twice a season,mom hates cold water and eventually all that is left are massive bills for the chemicals to keep this dinosaur clean. We found out that we has a ‘sick’ pool that needed resurfacing, which would have come at a huge cost. And who would have swum in that newly surfaced pool anyway?

We had to take action and the first thing we did was empty it. And stare at it for a couple of years and make plans to do something with it. But what? Fill it in? Nah. Too difficult. Then we decided to make a sunken garden with a fish pond and splashing fountain, although it took another couple of years to begin the task.

Enlisting the help of the now-grown children (and one spouse and the gardener)  my husband  began to fulfill our dream of a lovely place to sit and have afternoon tea. After moving LOTS of soil, and huge quantities of blocks and working out how to empty any flooding that might occur in an area that is below ground level and planting rows and rows of roses in the terraces, the sunken garden with fish pond, was complete. And beautiful.

Designed by my husband Paul and built with strong able-bodied young people and the middle aged helping.

I made the tea and other refreshments and took the pictures.

 

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the magnum opus begins

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this post was in response to a wordpress weeky photo challenge  https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/repurpose/