Extract from the book TRAVELS WITH AN AFRICAN HUSKY AfricanHusky.com
“Nigel was good to Harriet and me. Helping in all sorts of ways with practical advice about building things. He dug a big hole for us with his digger which I lined with plastic and turned into a pond by diverting rainwater off our barn roofs via a length of 50mm pipe which we buried underground. When it rained the water gushed into the pond. It was gratifying to watch.
“I put four species of fish in the pond and to my surprise a year later there were five. Somehow carp had made their way into our water. I discussed this miracle with Nigel as he is a fish expert and he explained it’s quite normal. What happens is fish eggs attach themselves to a duck’s legs and then fly with the bird from one pond to another. That is how bodies of water not connected to streams or above water falls are colonised by fish. And it also works to diversify the gene pool.
“In no time we had frogs and newts and all sorts of water borne insects in the pond and of course we started getting visits from Mr Heron who was interested in eating all the fish. We introduced some water plants donated by Nigel and within a year they had spread right around the edge of the pond. When the reeds established themselves, we soon had some Moore Hens set up camp by the pond edge. We took such a lot of pleasure from seeing all this happen and especially from creating something from nothing”.