One thing he loved was ponding, which began as soon as the days were warm enough.
The idea of ponding up the superfluous flood discharge of the river is not a new one, and if Herodotus is to be believed, Storage.
And great barricades of ice still in the rivers blocking them up, and ponding them.
c.1300 (mid-13c. in compounds), "artificially banked body of water," variant of pound "enclosed place" (see pound (n.2)). Applied locally to natural pools and small lakes from late 15c. Jocular reference to "the Atlantic Ocean" dates from 1640s. Pond scum (Spirogyra) is from 1864 (also called frog-spittle and brook-silk. As figurative for "someone extremely repulsive," from 1984.