Mayfield Park –

Keeping a Pond in your backyard regardless of the size, requires a certain amount of skill and knowledge both in the construction, maintenance and care of the fish and plants that call the place home. After a couple of years, we all begin to feel comfortable in handling the day to day problems that sometimes arise. Not everyone can change out a pump or solve a problem with filters and UV lights but there  are a goodly number of the Membership that are quite capable of completing any of those tasks and many similar ones. Maybe you are one of those handy people? Even if you are not, you can certainly feed fish and change out filters on a daily basis and if a problem was to arise, a quick call to Ellen and she could contact one of the more knowledgeable members to come and help.

You might be interested in a new idea that we are kicking around where as individuals, we can help out our fellow Ponders in times of need. Because maintaining a pond is fairly specialized, it is not easy to find someone to look after the pond if you as the pond owner, want to take a trip and be away for a few days. It would be doubly nice if you knew that person is also handy enough to make any small repairs that might be needed and it would certainly give you peace of mind during your absence.

What we are trying to do is to find Members who would volunteer their time to help out others who want to leave on a trip and be away from their ponds for a a few days.  Ideally, we need several people who are located in different parts of the town and even in the outlying neighborhoods like Bastrop, Round Rock and Georgetown so that the amount of travelling by the volunteers is kept to a minimum.

There are two parts to this, the first being to volunteer and be added to the list of available Pond Sitters. That list will be maintained by Ellen Filtness and she can be reached at

The second part is to ask for your comments if you foresee the need for such a service to you personally in the near or distant future. Maybe, like me, you keep putting off that trip because of the water features that are your pride and joy and the wonderful large Koi that you have raised and that you worry about as you have no knowledgeable person to look after them. I know that even an overnight trip is a worry as invariably, if something is going to go wrong, it seems to happens overnight and it would certainly ease the mind knowing that you have a competent person looking after things in your absence. Depending on the response, will decide if we will go ahead with this idea. If you foresee the need or want to volunteer, please fill in one of the short forms below and submit it to Ellen.

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