When you live in a damp, cool climate, straw bale swimming pool steps fall apart regularly.
It seems like just yesterday when we built my pool steps, but it was a year ago. Almost exactly.
We did such a nice job, I was certain they would last forever. Don’t they look nice?
Look at them. Falling apart again. I couldn’t even get into my pool any more!
It’s pretty humiliating to ask for help, especially from humans. But The Bartender is a Professional Engineer, so that helps take the sting out of it.
I don’t want to point any fingers, but some of my co-pets actually ATE some of the straw out of those bales. I think the rabbits, maybe. Just look at these decrepit steps. Rabbits, for sure.
What happens to the old steps, anyway? We are very clever and toss them behind the pool. The lilacs have grown fat and it’s hard to walk back there, so the New Pool Step Project suddenly included a diversion called Pruning the Lilacs. They aren’t very interesting anyway, once they have finished blooming and stinking up the place.
For some reason, wild mallards showed up for lunch and a swim, right in the middle of all the work. They are useless, but sort of decorative.
The Bartender hauled the wet, stinking former steps around the back of the pool.
I’m supposed to be impressed by the new pool steps, but seriously, they are no different from the ones we built a year ago.
How long will they last? More importantly, when are the goldfish going back into the pool? I can’t be expected to swim in invisible water. There is a reason why I usually have the goldfish perform a test swim.
I think I’ll just hang out in my wading pool for a while.
Oh Dobby, you are so funny. You look so proud and regal in that 3rd photo down: holding your head up with the famous capy rump sticking out. Why don’t you get Stacey to test the water first instead of the goldfish? In fact they could both do it. Maybe get someone with a camera to immortalise a re-run of that wonderful photo decades ago of a young baby smiling as he/she was swimming underwater. Once the checks have been done, you could then have another photo shoot with you included this time. In fact! Why not go the whole hog and have Stacey, the goldfish, you, Melanie and Mudskipper and even Chico. (Hope I haven’t missed anyone out.