Here is a photo of Bess vacuuming out the pond circa 1934:
Side note: we found that electolux vacuum when we cleaned out the attic in 2005.
Here is a picture of me, vacuuming out the pond last week:
Neither my shop vac nor my outfit is as stylish as the original!
I used some cement patch to go around the edge of the patch I put in last year, and then painted the whole pond over the weekend.
Pool paint comes in one color at the S-W store: ocean blue. Here is the same angle as the two pics above:
And another view:
Now I need six more dry days (they don't have to be consecutive) and we can fill it with water. Then we'll let it sit a while and put the fish back in.