Before I get on with my saga, I’ll take you on my slightly grumpy trip to the beach. Pretty beach. Two little dots in the water – neither was me. We were supposed to do errands and THEN go to the beach, but SomeBody changed the plan. I didn’t want to hit the shops in a salty state, so I stayed on the beach.
Behold the flora: sand burrs.
Behold the fauna: blood-suckers.
Behold the evidence of thoughtless bipedal creatures.
But SomeBody and a little somebody had a good time.
THE SAGA OF THE POOL
Prologue Six years ago Austin and I were preparing to celebrate our 30th anniversary. We paid the plane tickets so all the kids plus the one son-in-law and one grandchild could all be here. Austin thought we needed a lot more sleeping space so he had the 3-bedroom cottage built. Work on the cottage stopped during the reunion: the cottage was ready for occupancy two months after all the kids had left.
Chapter One – Work on the Pool Commences Last year Austin and I were preparing to celebrate our 35th anniversary. We paid the plane tickets so all the kids, all their spouses and all the grandkids could be here. Austin and Akka decided that the POOL needed to be built so that everyone could enjoy it.
August 7 – the pool is getting started. The kids aren’t coming til November, we have plenty of time.
August 19 – making some progress. I thought it would go faster than this.
September 10 – Lord, it is taking forever!
October 23 – nearly done, but what a bizarre shape.
Chapter Two – The Pool is “Complete”
October 30 – the pool itself is more or less done. The workers are working on the wall now. The pool will be rain-fed from the roofs of our three buildings.
This was, you might remember, the time of our never-ending drought that even caused the trees to lose their leaves. Would it rain? Would we get any water in our pool?
Chapter Three – The Kids Arrive
We got “this” much rain. It was enough for playing a little. I won’t tell you which grandson delivered a “floater” as soon as he got in, so which father promptly had to scoop it out, and stuff like that. (Eventually, we WILL have a kiddy pool beside the big one.)
Chapter Four – Finishing Touches (2015 – the reunion was 2 months ago)
January 22 – We built steps down to the pool from the cottage.
January 25 – It finally rains enough that the pool is full. However, toads have been getting there and the water is too dirty to swim in.
February 19 – We finish the fence around the entire perimeter and put in toad-proof gates as well.
We also drained it and cleaned it really well.
February 26 – it is finally full again and is so much fun to play in with the big steps to hang out on. Junia gives all the neighbor kids a swimming lesson when I am in Suva,
And Austin’s waterfall from the storage tank works beautifully.
Epilogue – The water is green again already. We wait for the hardware company to get the pool filters they think will be in stock last month. Next dry season we will paint the pool with pool paint, and some day we will build a tiny hangout shack by the pool and also put in that planned kiddy pool. Some day I will have photos of a really finished pool. I only wonder what project we’ll decide to undertake for our 40th anniversary, that will get finished around our 41st……
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