“The Ice Skating Pond Is Like a Garden”…

said my brother-in-law on the phone the other day… “think about it Michele, it’s all dependent on the weather, it all depends on if it rains or snows and if it’s warm or cold, it’s just like gardening, your always waiting to see how it’s going to go.”

He’s right, it is just like that. Michael and the kids worked hard to cut back the vegetation on the pond this fall.


It looked like this when they started. They cut and sawed and dug and moved everything out to create a nice big space for the rain to fill with water. Then we prayed for rain. It took awhile but now…


we have a skating pond. They’re spending hours out there having a ball!


Hockey is a very big focus…


This guy lives for the sport.

IMG_4549My little girl is more of a figure skater but she was keeping up with the stick pretty well today.

IMG_4562 It does my heart good to look down and see this.

IMG_4542I took pictures and cheered them on. The afternoon sun warmed me up and gave me energy…

IMG_4560so I could climb back up this hill…

and head inside to look over seed catalogs and think abut the gardens ahead. While I’m doing that I’ll keep hoping and praying for ice friendly weather.

Life is so, so good here in our winter garden.

Enjoy everything!




  1. Matt says:

    Pass, Shoot, Score! I must say, I like your hockey garden the best of all your gardens! What would this garden be named? Anything is better than the Boston Garden!!! 🙂
    Boo Boston Bruins! – Love, “George”


    1. we’ll have to think about the name, but we do love our Boston Garden, lol. Love ya Matt!


  2. Maureen says:

    Pond hockey is the best. There were all sorts of ponds and lakes in Michigan that we all skated on in the winter. Your rink looks great! Enjoy…


    1. Thanks Maureen, We are enjoying it! Come on down to skate sometime!


  3. That is so great that with a lot of hard work you were able to make your own rink. I can only imagine how much family fun you will have on it. Great sense of satisfaction too.


    1. they did work hard and I was holding my breath waiting for it to fill up and ice over. Let’s hope it last for rest of the winter!


  4. What fun! Covered in snow, I almost didn’t see the big boulder in photos 2 &3. Will it dry up in summer? What will you do with it then?


    1. It depends on the weather Marian. If we get plenty of rain it will continue to be a pond. Last year was very dry so it dried out and the plants took over. When it’s full we have families of wild ducks living down there and the kids paddle around in a canoe.


  5. commonweeder says:

    We have a skating pond too. However, we have no skaters anymore. The ‘old’ generation is too old, and the young generation is too young. We used to call it the Frog Pond. Now it is the Beaver Pond. Unfortunately.


    1. Ahh… but your younger generation will be out there in the blink of an eye!


  6. Southernruralroute.wordpress.com says:

    I am so envious of the skating pond! My ice skates have been on the shelf since I left Houston.


    1. It’s been so much fun! It’s under water at the moment, waiting for the cold to come back… maybe I’ll do a post about it later today.


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