I have long wanted a water feature for the garden but dreams often stay as dreams. Plug it in, pipe it up, concrete base - all reasons why somehow it isn't possible - so over the years the idea has stayed on the shelf, gathering dust but not quite going away.
And then recently my mother had a special birthday and - the very thing! - the idea resurrected itself. If I couldn't have one myself then someone else could, and when it's for someone else I can be very determined. Plug it in, pipe it up, concrete base - no problem! - because I had decided upon a solar-powered, battery back-up, all-singing, all-dancing, completely self-contained job that even I could install.
So Mum's patio had its water feature and I coveted it enormously. How nice it would be on the B&B patio for our guests to enjoy! - I could so easily imagine it. A hot summer's day, bees buzzing in the lavender, the rustle of a soft breeze through the leaves and in the background the gentle murmer of splashing water as it trickled from bowl to bowl...
And then reality set in, in the form of ducks.
As anyone who has ever kept these gentle, endearing creatures will know, ducks can turn the slightest drop of water into an instant mudbath. And to a duck, water that moves is the very best sort of water of all. My pride and joy would become a sloppy, slappy duck heaven with their enthusiasm spread all across the patio. So, sadly, it looked like the idea would have to be mothballed once again. Technical issues surmountable - ducks not possible.
And then - Eureka! - my eye settled upon the large pot containing the lavender. Definitely out of reach!
So there we have it. The bees buzzing in the lavender, the rustle of the breeze, the gentle trickle of running water. And not a duck in sight.