The pond is a very sedentary place during the Winter months. Everything is calm, cool and lazy and even the fish appear to swim in slow motion. It is necessary to check on the fish regularly – if there is ice on the pond’s surface then it must be broken in order that they may breathe. If the fish are moving a little more than usual then they need a scoop of food. On this particular day, armed with a camera, in case there may be any offerings of flowers or buds at all, I took this picture of the fish … slowly moving around the slow gurgling fountain. How strange their shapes looked in the lapping water. The mesh is a safety precaution to guard them from any passing herons – we have lost the odd fish or two when they have fancied a snack from the pond.