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Update on the pond

I mentioned that we were mistakenly delivered a pond. This was in the first week of lockdown and I was promised that someone would come and pick it up from our porch.

This has not happened and, apart from being used as a percussion instrument on several occasions for the Thursday night NHS applause, it has just sat in the porch gathering dust.

I’m wondering more seriously now whether we should offer it to neighbours (everything is offered to or acquired from neighbours these days), or whether I should revert to my previous idea of creating our very own Tracy Island. Because…

We used to place Virgil at the top of the stairs if we had switched the immersion heater on – to remind us to switch it off again. Important International Rescue business!

…I found our resident Thunderbird! Virgil Tracy has been standing guard above the boiler cupboard outside my office for years. Funny how you stop noticing things after a while.


This appeared on our doorstep yesterday, wrapped in black plastic and clearly addressed to my husband.

Unexpected delivery

We think it’s some sort of pond (probably upside down in this pic). 

We did not order it, but initially suspected our daughter of random-presenting. She denies this, and an online family discussion revealed that none of the other usual suspects who might have misaddressed one of their own orders was to blame.

Although we have been thinking of creating a pond in our garden (hence our suspicion regarding our daughter’s possible gift), I’m not sure this quite fits the bill. And it’s a large and unattractive addition to the indoor household in its current state.

It caused some amusing debate on our family WhatsApp though. Given our potential boredom in the upcoming few weeks, perhaps we can think of novel uses. The current front-runner is creating our very own Tracy Island model. But do we still have the toy Thunderbirds to go with it?

Starts extensive search…

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