Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Any idea what this is in the backyard?

Any ideas why this small pool was put in? It is too small for a swimming pool.

Our best guess was that it was used for a fountain. But then the steps didn't make sense.

Fortunately the owners solved the mystery for us. At the end of the 19th century, the owner at the time was an eye doctor. He loved eating eel so much that he put in an eel pond. The owners think the steps were put it so the eye doctor could walk down the steps with a net and catch a fresh eel for dinner.

The french even have a name for it: anguillere.
Eel pond.


  1. My top three guesses:

    Wash basin with quick shot to the clothes line.

    Late night party jacuzzi... family still experimenting with hot or cold water for stimulation.

    New tub needed for big butts once French discovered butter goes good with everything.

  2. David Letterman has his top 10 list, Paul Grusche has his top 3 list.
    Wash basin with quick shot - never would have thought of that one! Would like to see that in action.