“Beyond the Pond” is an underrated episode of Fraggle Rock that had the misfortune to fall between two exceptionally memorable episodes: “River of Life” and “Gone, But Not Forgotten.” Having a similar theme to “River of Life,” but a considerably lighter touch, I think it tends to get lost in the shuffle.
At the moment, I’m really sympathizing with the Merggles because Sioux Falls has been invaded by the emerald ash borer. I have an ash tree in my backyard, and now it is imperiled.
I don’t want my tree to die.
Granted, if the worst should happen, the consequences for me are considerably less dire than for the Merggles. I will still survive, even if my tree doesn’t. But my backyard faces south, and if that tree goes, I won’t have any shade back there whatsoever, just a ring of stones around an ugly stump.
There is a treatment available to protect ash trees, and fortunately, it sounds like it is relatively inexpensive. I don’t like to use pesticides or poisons in my yard if at all avoidable, but desperate times call for desperate measures.