It’s my zen as well! Gyms are not my thing either, I’d rather stay in shape growing plants, tending fish, and playing with my cats and dogs. A nice walk gathering stones to edge a pond is a million times more fun than walking a set distance for health reasons! And it’s healthy for the mind, not just the brain!I suspect the vast majority of people that have ponds want them. If they didn't, it'd be relatively easy to drain and fill them with dirt.
Our pond is therapy for us, it was a swimming pool that seldom got used, but when we converted the pool to a pond our summer-time focus is out there. There is a degree of work involved, but being in my upper 70's the "work" is more fun than jogging in the road or on a treadmill in a sweat-infested gym.... (no offense intended to any one who does those things.......)
After an hour or two of light exercise raking, cleaning the skimmer filter, talking to the fish, and pulling the errant plant from the bog, the sweet balance of the energy expended in maintenance and the pure pleasure of sitting out there in the "Inn" with a coffee or "adult beverage" is very satisfying.
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