A penny for your thoughts? This must have been very early in spring, as the leaves on the tree aren't out and the water-lilies aren't that visible.
R E M E M B R A N C E — This is the built-in fieldstone koi pool at my grandmother's house. It was built right after WW2, so I'm guessing this photo dates from the late '40s or very early '50s as the cement still seems fairly light and intact. Note the molded cement 'frog' sitting on the edge of the pool in the foreground. I still have that frog today, it's outside in one of the flower gardens and is painted purple right now. I never saw the koi pool filled with water, it developed a crack after that double tree next to it was hit by lightning in the late fifties and was never repaired. It was about six feet deep and twelve in diameter and apparently the koi, football-sized goldfish really, survived under the ice during the winter. I remember seeing cut-off wires coming out of one side of the rocks so perhaps it was heated in some fashion.
My aunt Hoohoo was heartbroken when that antique anvil to the left of the pool was stolen in the early '70s. It was part of the blacksmith shop on the property for almost 200 years until it became a patio decoration. The large rounded granite ledge that the patio and the pool were built off of, had an engraving of a three-masted schooner on the front of it. Every spring Hoohoo would repaint the outlines of it in white. After she died nobody ever painted it again, and unfortunately the entire area has been blasted away and has a new garage on it now. The engraving probably dated back to the 1700s and the original builders/owners, Daniel and Charity Leete.
The house is just a quarter mile from the Sound and was partially burned down when the British landed in 1787 to try to reclaim part of the new country. They were soundly defeated and part of the area is known as Bloody Cove to this day. There was a small safe room in the base of the chimney, in the basement, where the Leetes were rumored to have fled to when the Brits set the house on fire. It was only about 4 feet high but was at least 10 feet on all sides, and had a rock that slid to cover the entrance. The colonial Americans knew what they were doing when they built in this largely unsettled area, having both the native Americans and, eventually, the British, to fear.