In this post I told the sad story of the wine barrel water feature, and how I finally removed it after a summer of lost battles with raccoons.
I'm happy to report that the replacement, I Chinese wedding stool with a reservoir below and a solar fountain pump to power the water, is finally completed. I started with a solar pump that looked on paper (well, on the company website) as if it would be strong enough. But 3 weeks of sad trickles convinced us that this was not enough. Mr. Mouse kindly came to the rescue and ordered and installed a larger solar pump with a more efficient solar panel. The advantage is not only that the fountain looks better, but also that the sound of the water returning to the reservoir is easier to hear.
The racoons have lost interest. No water lilies and no fish. I hope they return to Steven's Creek, where they belong.