We bought the pool several years ago, at the height of summer's heat. It is one of those above-ground pools, but the Machinist built a deck around it and has covered the sides in with galvanised iron sheets, as they looked so ugly. I have since planted greenery around the base of the iron sheets. When you float on your back in the pool it feels as though you are in an oasis, and only birdsong breaks the silence. What lies beyond the greenery you see in this photo are acres of dry grasses and sorrowful remnants of saline-infused tree trunks.
Oh, and just the other side of the fence, amongst the blackberry bushes, there lives the grand-daddy of all reptiles - a huge brown snake. The Young Adults have seen and fled from him on a couple of occasions. Note to self; get the Machinist and Son to seek and