Pond Problems!

Woke up this morning to find our large fish pond almost empty of water. I remember doing some pond maintenance last week and this always involves disturbing pumps, cables, pipes etc. What’s that old saying, “If it aint broke don’t fix it”. So a week late one of the old brittle pipes feeding water from the pump to the filter box has developed a little split but enough to almost empty the pond. Because I have placed the pump on a little pedestal and not on the bottom of the pond, it was not able to empty completely so all the fish are safe.



No problem, I thought, time to use the temporary pond I picked up from a pond shop that was closing some years ago. Starting filling it with water and got the first fish into this only to find it has a stopper plug to empty it when finished that has a split and is leaking water.

So now I have to get to a pond shop for a new pipe and tape safe to treat the tap water used to refill the large pond and a DIY shop to get some sort of glue for repairing the stopper to allow me to keep the fish in the temporary pond until I can refill and treat the water going back into the large pond.

Just got back from Wickes with some superglue which didn’t really do much and some pipe leak sealant. Just put some of this onto the split and have to wait an hour for it to cure before testing to see if the leak is fixed…..


On the plus side, at least this happened today and not next week when we are in Spain and can’t do much about it.

Now down to the local pond shop at Bourne End for some Tap Safe….

All fixed. Couldn’t buy a new pipe so repaired the old one. Cleaned and started refilling the pond with fresh tap water. Used the Tap Safe to treat it first. Then popped the fish back in. Counted about 52 in total.

When I get home from work I will continue to fill the pond back to the top again and check once more for any leaks.

All looks good. Just topping up the pond now. Put the new baby fish in that my mum gave me from her pond.


A Walk through Slough

Had a great anniversary weekend with lots of indulgences so decided to try to arrest my middle aged spread by walking 6 miles through Slough to work at Langley College. 

I am invigilating GCSE exams today so left my house at about 6.15am to get to work early. It was 13 degrees and cloudy but otherwise dry and pleasant. 

There’s a couple of different routes I could take but today I opted for the one that takes me through Slough town centre as there was some shopping I wanted to pick up en route.

After walking for a couple of miles through the Britwell and Manor Park Estates, I passed through Baylis Park and noticed that all the parks in Slough seem to be getting these outdoor gyms. Great idea.

As you walk through this park you pass the walls of the Baylis House and its grounds, some ducks, a stream and a pond.

I have fond memories as a child when there was a Lido here and you could enjoy paddling on a hot summers day.

As you leave Baylis, you cross a road, past a mosque, under the Main London train line and into Salt Hill Park.

The mosque

Cross the road next to the recycling site walls.

Under the railway tunnel. Often has people smoking cannabis. The council have now erected CCTV to monitor the tunnel but it doesn’t seem to stop people.

Into Salt Hill Park with its outdoor gym, cafe, bowling alley and tennis courts.

As I left Salt Hill Park, I joined the A4 and walked past the old Church, the new curve building and through the Town Centre until I reached the Sainsbury’s where I stopped to pick up some Jack Daniels (on offer at £16 for 70cl) and some bananas for breakfast. Another mile and half along Langley road and I arrived at the College at about 8.00 am. 12800 steps in all. Not a bad way to start Monday morning.

Easter Hols Day 3

Wake up.

Fish in make shift pond still ok – no dramas. the leak fix seems to be working

Finished building pond for brother complete with shelf for plants all from the scrap decking wood that would have been thrown away.

Removed three fence panels. Posts wouldn’t come out so have been slowly and painfully digging them out with a variety of tools, powered and hand.

Brother turns up with van. Load van with old wood and concrete.

Make way to Burnham Refuse Site with permit. Turned away as they were having a new overhead cable installed.

Went to Beaconsfield refuse site. Met by very helpful, sorry I meant unhelpful jobsworth who now tells us the permit is no good and it doesn’t show we are carrying wood. He says we’ll have to come back. Has to be done today so we park in a layby around the corner and complete the permit alterations online to show wood. The kind gentleman at the refuse site didn’t bother suggesting this. Go back again, he says permit still doesn’t show wood. We showed him the qr code with amended details, but he said ‘computer says no’. Submitted the alterations again, and this time it worked. Unloaded wood from van. Thanks very  much Burnham and Beaconsfield refuse sites for being so helpful.

Take van to B&Q in Slough to get new fence panels. All there panels are broken and no one has bothered to replace them. They have no posts either. Garden staff says they’re buried and we will have to wait quite some time. Pick up some accessories and get to tills. There are long queues because there are not many staff and the self-service tills are all broken.

Wait in queue and eventually get served by a lovely lady who has no customer service skills but asks us the usual question because they have to, not because they actually care ‘Did you find everything you wanted today?’. I replied ‘No’ but she ignored this and carried on scanning items. She hands me the receipt and says please leave feedback on our site. So I did and it certainly wasn’t positive. Typical large company with staff who just don’t care. Shelves poorly stocked and poorly labelled. Now left with garden with large hole in fence so anyone local to me, help yourself to the contents to my garden as its now wide open.

Apart from the two large dogs waiting to meet you!

Time for hot soak in a bath, alcohol and more Titanfall. That should all fix the high blood pressure!

Being a teacher for the last 16 years, I had forgotten what real work was like. I need a job change, something outdoors and manual. Good honest work where you get to make something with your hands. Hope my boss isn’t reading this?

Easter Hols Day 1

  • Ripped 40+ cd’s onto media server
  • Played Titanfall, more Titanfall & some more Titanfall
  • Smashed up the old spa surround, emptied the pond and created a temporary home for the fish.
  • Found the missing pieces for the Knex model
  • Found the control panel for the LCD monitor so I could continue building the arcade coffee table
  • Did some washing. Yes Nina, I do sometimes do the washing
  • Started taking down the old fence ready for the new panels & shed

Looking forward to going back to work for a rest.

FishPi is back in the water

Just put FishPi back in the pond and its uploading temperature readings for the water temperature. As you can see from the screen print below, when I remote into the Pi using Putty the temp is almost 10 degrees – soon be time to start feeding them again. Some are already at the surface.

Check out the live readings here:

Thingspeak Data Channel