So, Neptune, we are to be slaves to the pond and never go south for the winter? Unfortunately, you are right-leaving home at any time of year for any extended period can lead to a pond disaster. That's why having one or ,particularly, installing one should be fully thought out. Ponds are fine for those who never leave home or who have the wherewithall to hire maintenance people. Someday, I fully expect to return home from a lengthy hiatus to find a dead pond at which point a truckload of fill dirt will cure my anxiety forever.
Whom the gods would destroy, they first give a pond.