To ensure that the pool water doesn't turn green whilst over-wintering, we cover the whole thing with black plastic. As long as absolutely no light gets through, the water will remain crystal clear. You may in fact see how clear it is through the hole (above).
The plastic is quite sturdy, but not enough to cope with the pack of dogs who somehow managed to get into the pool area.
They've torn a huge hole in one corner, and buggered-up the cover for next year.
We like our neighbour's dogs (even though they did kill our hens), but we would like them even more if they were kept under some control.
As with the horses previously, their own water seems to be in short supply, and I imagine they have come to drink the water that's gathered on top of the plastic cover.
We're not quite sure why the muddy footprints are there.
I think the replacement will cost about €40; not a huge amount. Should I ask him to compensate me? No point; he'd just walk away, he's had years of practice!
A good neighbor would feel bad about the damage his animals have caused and tried to compensate you in some way -money or cover replacement. Apparently, your neighbor is not a good one. Is he the neighbor with the yellow/orange wall?ReplyDelete
I missed you yesterday and was glad to see your post today. U
Yes, same neighbour.... they're nothing but annoying.Delete
Act of God. I suppose this is why swimming pools have those unsightly fences around. Keeps children, drunk adults and animals out.ReplyDelete
These are special 'Jumping Dogs', even our surrounding wall doesn't deter them.Delete
God is punishing you with your neighbour for living in such an idyllic setting.ReplyDelete
I do wish he'd move! He's had huge earth moving machines there for the last 2 months. The mess is abysmal.Delete
The dogs feet are muddy from the earth moving playground, then they slithered and drank at your pool cover...Delete
That was our idea too, but the mud bath is about 150 yards away so I would have thought it would have cleaned off before they arrived at the bar.Delete
Just a little drawback of living in a semi-rural area I guess Cro. Even here in Hertfordshire we get foxes weeing on our lawn and squirrels digging up the nuts they've buried. Still, your neighbours should control their dogs. How's your succulent that you planted in your urn like mine ? Mine is growing beautifully. XXXXReplyDelete
I was just looking at it yesterday, It doesn't seem to have grown much yet.... maybe it's too cold?Delete
Yours might be a bit later than mine ....... give it a few weeks !!! XXXXDelete
It IS looking healthy.Delete
Oh Cro. How does Lady Magnon live with such a misery gut? So you have a clear as crystal swimming pool, poor you. As you know the neighbour's dogs are out of bounds (occasionally) why not be proactive and buy a sturdy winter cover for your pool that allows any creature to skate over it without damage? Dogs are dogs. And I do not think your neighbour is responsible for any flimsiness on your part. And do not delude yourself that your own dog(s) don't poo on said neighbour's favourite cabbage and daffodil. You can control yourself, you can't control nature.ReplyDelete
Other than that, I wish you Happy Haddock,
Which just goes to prove that you know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about country life and etiquette. Stay in town where you belong.Delete
Dearest Cro, charm(ing) is not your department. That's ok. There are others who fill the gap you leave.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the laugh: I "know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about country life". If you say so. Whilst you are my elder, one hint: Don't make assumptions on scant information.
As to "etiquette": I am sure there is always room for improvement.
I suppose Cro it could always be worse but bad neighbours can be severely detrimental to one's wellbeing.ReplyDelete
We attempt to view ours as invisible, but all the noise, mess, smoke, and dogs, makes this quite tricky.Delete
Never mind Cro., you'll soon be opening up, and enjoying, your pool on a daily basis, and all this will be but a distant memory.ReplyDelete
In fact we'll now probably open up sooner than we would normally, otherwise the light now penetrating could have a nasty effect.Delete