If you remember, we arrived at this house in November. By the time we got here, all we had time to do before all the snow came was to unpack, run down to Home Depot to pick up and install a pellet stove, go out to purchase and haul back a ton of pellets, make some minor repairs, put up a temporary pool fence and other items like that. The last thing on our minds was to check out the pool. We knew one was there. We knew there was water in it and it had a cover. That was enough for us. Months of looking at it under three feet of snow has finally brought us to this day. Its official unveiling.
Last week, Laura and I unattached a few of the straps holding down the pool cover. We folded it back just enough to sneak a glimpse at the water below. We saw only about a foot of liquid surrounding a huge chunk of ice that basically covered the entire remainder of the pool. This was just last week! What a difference a few short days make. Today, the ice is gone and what we’ve got is a nice swimming hole. One I’m sure we’ll have some good times in.
I took a few pictures of the uncovered pool today. The reason I wanted to pull the cover off so early was to see if anything major needed to be done. Since we didn’t know what we were in store for, I figured we’d get a jump on the season. Also, I wanted to drag the cover out on the lawn to let it dry and to get all the leaves off it for storage. From now until the time the water is warm enough to swim in will give us enough of a buffer to clean and hook up the pump and filter. Should be interesting, since I’ve never did any of this before.
Anyway, here’s what we found under the cover today. Not too shabby. Personally, I like the depth. I’m about 6’3″ and having a 9 foot pool at my disposal should give me plenty of room.
Oh, and by the way, the salamander in the last photo is fine. We found him under the cover and transported him to the pond, where he’ll hopefully live a long and fulfilling life.