The pond is huge and the leaves are unfurling. I'm afraid regular watchers of my blog and photos may get a bit bored of lotus by about July! they are amazingly beautiful and I'm genuinely really looking forward to watching this pond come into bloom. We have a Vietnamese DVD called "Four Seasons" and one character is a lotus picker, going out at dawn in little boats to pick the buds and then selling them in Saigon. So once they start picking, I shall go to this pond at dawn.... watch this blog!