The only thing I didn't like about the house I bought late last summer is....it came with an in-ground pool. So, the first thing I did when I took ownership, was to cover said pool.
I wanted to give myself time to think it through and determine if a swimming pool was something I wanted because initially I most certainly did not want one.
As I've settled into my new home (still not unpacked and curtains and pictures still not hung in some rooms by the way), I've come to the conclusion that...I still feel the same way; I do not want the responsibility or the expense of a pool.
So a friend of mine (Mr. John Parker!) was kind enough to come over and help me take the cover off so I could begin slowly draining what is now...a swamp. See below.