Luxury, or What We Did on our Holiday

With Covid raging we made the wise decision to stay the fuck at home during our holiday, and with 2.5% of people returning form “risk areas” testing positive (mind you, these were mass tests, not tests of people who themselves suspect anything or show symptoms), this was a smart decision if we ever made one. Instead we invested the money in a steelframe pool with a dome tent to protect it.

What sounds like putting up an oversized kiddy pool was indeed about two weeks of hard work. Not the pool or the tent, but the preparations. First Mr had to clear the area in the overgrown area we rent from the city. Then we had to level the ground. The area has a very small slope. Really, you’d hardly notice. 20 cm on a 6m area. When you need to level it you notice, because you are shovelling several tons of dirt, not to mention the roots and that nice block of blue concrete that we had to remove. But after three weeks of backbreaking sweat soaking work, we needed about an hour and a half to put up the pool and my dad and I needed another 2 hours to put up the tent.

So here it is, and with a heat wave rolling over us, it was one of the best decisions ever. I can tell you, finding this house with its garden at a reasonable price was the best piece of luck we ever had.

©Giliell, all rights reserved

©Giliell, all rights reserved

It’s got a diameter of 3.5m and can be filled to 1.3m depth. I suggest applying insect repellent before getting anywhere near because this is nature.



  1. kestrel says

    Oh nice! That must be wonderful on a hot day. Who needs to go somewhere else when you have a pool right in the backyard?

  2. marynichole says

    Beautiful !! Peaceful !! Why would we think about a holiday in this situation, when we have such a wonderful view in the backyard.

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    It takes a lot of work to get to do the actual work, that sounds familiar.

    The pool reminds me of hippo Fiona. Your “ramp” is a bit steeper, though.

    Now you could ease yourselves into cold water swimming by keeping the pool filled all through the autumn and taking regular dips.8-) I’m guessing that the pool has to be taken down before the frost hits? BTW, are there any winter swimming possibilities there, or any possibility to swim in natural waters, apart from driving all the way to the sea shore?

  4. says

    Ice Swimmer
    I guess we’ll take it down when the water gets too cold. Since it’s under the trees it stays pretty cool. I think there are some “Ice Swimmers” here who regularly swim in the Saar river.

  5. voyager says

    What a great way to holiday at home. It looks so inviting.
    I like the addition of a tent to keep things clean and protected from the elements.

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