#hygge pronounced Hu-Ga & Container Ponds

Hygge is a Norwegian concept. It is a choice to be aware, thankful and present in the good moments.  Hygge House defines it as "Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special." You will often see it as a reference to candles, blankets and complex cooking to share with family. During the colder months we spend a lot of time indoors in the Northern climates. We find ways to fill the time. Some of us learn instruments (I am currently learning the Ukulele with the YouTube help of Cynthia Lynn) others downhill or nordic ski or write that novel they were too busy to write during the summer boating months. I find that I miss the plants and #ponds during the winter. But, not so much this year. 

I have been building and selling indoor container ponds this fall. I find the rituals around the #microponds have become things I look forward to every day. Brushing the waterfall, feeding my fish, misting moss & succulents and trimming the bamboo. These are things I do throughout the day when I am home or during the evening if I was out building a water feature that day. The simple of activity of tending to a living green ecosystem during the cold white days is incredibly soothing. Part of Hygge is often lighting candles and I find myself doing this and sitting under a cozy blanket listening to the water run over the rocks and watching my cat watch the fish (she still thinks she can get them without getting wet). 

Bringing #ritual into our daily lives is important and I think that Hygge is a guide to remember our rituals and our feelings when we interact with the living world around us. Bring Hygge into your home this winter however you can and this winter will pass filled with memories of serenity and family. 

Indoor #ponds are a great way to bring #ritual into your days

Indoor #ponds are a great way to bring #ritual into your days

What does Zen have to do with Ponds?

Perhaps you have been to my website a time or two & have seen our catch phrase "It's Time for Zen." This might seem like an odd phrase for water feature designers and builders. However, we believe that what we do brings calm, joy and zen to our clients. 

We frequently install ponds and features for people living on Lake Michigan, Lake Charlevoix, Walloon Lake & Crooked Lake. Often, the reaction of people when they hear this is "why would anybody with whole lake want or need a pond?" Our answer is in the actions of our clients. As soon as that pond is full of water they are already playing with it: moving rocks, planting lilies, naming their fish, netting out leaves. This isn't simply an aesthetic addition to their view it is an interactive part of their everyday. 

Much like a zen sand garden the act of tending to a pond is about meditation and soothing behavior. Our service techs are some of the most chill people on the crew- they get to spend their work day in moving meditation near and in water. 

Often, we will witness some of the gruffest clients turn into the softest calmest people when they are at the edge of their pond. We look at the building of a pond for a person or family as an act of giving back. Our ponds light a part of the person who bought it. We believe that our designs make the world a better place, one frog and fish at a time. 

Designing zen for our clients in Northern Michigan all year! Check out our indoor ponds to keep your pond habit going. 

Designing zen for our clients in Northern Michigan all year! Check out our indoor ponds to keep your pond habit going.