Last year one of the facilities I was working at was upgrading their electrical system and dug up tons of stone. They allowed me to haul as much as I wanted and 4 truck loads later I was planning to rebuild my pond.. The rebiuld started mid April and 3 weeks ago was completed enough to have a fuctioning waterfall ,stream and pond. My backyard boarders one of the neighborhood streets and there are always people passing by walking their dogs , kids or just passing by. In the past there was little to no conversation with these people. \n\nThe new pond and stream extends back an additional 15 feet towards the edge of my property boardering the street . During the rebuild and currently people are coming up to check out the progress. This allows me to meet the people who until recently were just strangers passing by.. In addition to meeting some really nice people I've learned there are several people with ponds or have neighbors who have ponds. Last night a man who I've never seen before stopped to admire the pond and we talked for 10 minutes about the pond and how he would like to build a pond in his yard .\n\nIn addition to personal joy and satisfaction the pond brings the unforseen benifit for me is meeting people from the neighborhood and sharing the passion i have developed the last 4 years for water gardening.