Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Letter in the Pond

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I RECENTLY SPOTTED A BLOG CALLED “THAT CANADIAN GIRL.” It’s written by a French-Canadian gal named Vero, who is living in the UK. Such it is that I love “found objects” this posting by Vero caught my eye. It’s weird, odd and a perfect thing to share with readers of Accidental Mysteries.

You can check out her blog here.

And here’s the odd story, as written by Vero:

“Recently, a friend of ours, Simon, moved to Over, just North of Cambridge, UK. He was moving to a lovely property, with a nice garden and a pond.

Simon wasn’t so keen on the pond though. It’s not very child friendly, and with two young ones running around the garden, he thought it would be safer to get rid of it.

A few buckets and hours of sweating later, Simon lifted the pond lining to discover a laminated piece of paper sitting at the bottom of the gaping hole that once was the previous owner’s pond.”

It’s more fun to read the actual letter, but in case it is too difficult, here is the transcription.


“10th July 2003

To whom it may concern:

If you are reading this then I can only assume that you have removed the pond under which this note was buried.

Of course, as I am not around at the moment, I am not in a position to comment on why you may have chosen to remove the pond and, it is fair to say, that there could be any number of reasons for doing so. I will not try to list those potential reasons right now but there could be quite a lot of them. One of the more bizarre reasons could be that the removal of the pond was the direct result of a bite on the ankle from a Wildebeest, but I shall not speculate.

Anyways, I would like you to be aware that the digging of this pond and it’s subsequent filling with water and stocking with fish and aquatic plants took a considerable amount of personal effort. It’s not just the digging of the hole you know (although clearly that is a major part), but also the consideration that had to be given to the sitting of the pond, its shape and size, its location close to a convenient electrical supply, etc etc etc.

I have to admit that I am a bit miffed about all this. You have just destroyed (yes, I know its a strong word to use but there are principles involved here) something that took me a long time to do. If I came along and destroyed something that it had taken a long time for you to do then I think you would be a bit miffed as well, so just think on that.

Enough of this. Just get on with what it is you think you are doing, you snivelling pond destroyer.

Oh, and by the way, I hope your head falls off.”


megan said...

hilarious and amazing. I would put that pond back right quick.

Patricia G said...

Great! Mmm....I am inspired.

Anonymous said...

With appologies to the pond maker, I love that the note was found. In a previous house I lived in with my daughters, we used to leave little poems or messages under wallpaper or other hidden spots - just for the mystery of it. But none of our notes expressed hope that the reader's head would fall off.

Leslie Hanna said...

I love this! I, too, would have put it back. ;)

india flint said...

do we think it carries a curse? or just that bit of cussin...

Julie said...

So did his head fall off???? Don't leave us hanging, Vero!

Altavista Property said...

The curious thing about this is that the pond digger clearly EXPECTED someone to dig his pond up at a later date. Strange then that he was so miffed about it!

Anonymous said...

Can't leave Julie hanging like this - no, Simon's head is still firmly attached to his body.

The note did, however, inspire quite a few of us to start putting cheeky notes in odd places around houses being built/torn down/renovated.

Mad story we're still laughing about.

Vero (aka that canadian girl)

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