Azukari – a new adventure for mnkoilady

Keeping koi is a lot of fun and I love having these beautiful, graceful animals swimming around in the ponds that my husband builds for me. As we learned more about the hobby, we heard a lot about azukari koi in Japan. A few years ago I privately thought – “these guys are nuts…who wants…

Keeping koi is like a crap shoot

Definition of crap shoot – something (such as a business venture) that has an unpredictable outcome Substitute “raising koi” in lieu of “business venture” and I think the definition fits. Buying koi because you want a show winner is truly a crap shoot. So many things can happen to the koi as it ages. It’s…

Winter Quarters 2017-2018

Since the koi have come into the garage I have been traveling for fun and business. When I do have the chance to check on the koi, they are all looking very good with no signs of stress. This year we have made some improvements to the garage setup. After the floor was resurfaced to…

The Winter Koi Pool is Open

We have been way behind schedule getting our koi into the garage this year. Life gets kind of busy and we decided we just didn’t have time to create a greenhouse structure over the lower pond this year. So we decided to set up the winter pool again. Unfortunately we had to wait until late…

Goshiki Growout – I didn’t win…

…but I did learn a few things today. First the results of our competition. We took four Omosako goshiki purchased at the Koi Acres spring auction and fed them our “special” diets for a few months. The winner would be declared based upon change in length. We started off with four koi – I kept…

Too much time on our hands…

During the spring and summer, the pond builder and I are busy practically every weekend doing something related to the garden, the ponds or the koi. This is the time of the year where things slow down and we’re actually looking around for things to do. We should be getting our garage ready for the…

Kuchibeni Koi and Art

I like to have koi theme art around the house. I always wish this artist would make some notecards or smallish posters of his stuff. I did email him once and the artwork he did have available was more than I wanted to pay. I’ll just have to be satisfied with my silk charmeuse scarf…

Last Mud Pond Harvest at Koi Acres

Today was day 1 of the final mud pond harvest on the grounds of Koi Acres, Scandia, MN. It’s a lot of fun to see the koi come out of the mud ponds and if you own one, it’s always a relief to see it come out alive and then check out the growth. When…

Everyone is moving to the lower pond

It’s been awhile since I last blogged but I do have a life outside of koi keeping πŸ˜„. The pond builder and I have been traveling and work has kept us busy (koi keeping is not exactly a cheap hobby). I have been steadily getting my yard ready for winter. Many plants have been cut…

The end of summer around the koi ponds

We’ve actually been busy around the yard since the koi show in early August. Lots of gardening work (I updated the plant ID section of the blog) and having people over. Along the way we spent one and a half weekends repainting the house. I’ve also been watching some koi with health issues. Natsumi the…

Koi Show Winners

Well it’s been a busy ten days or so with the annual UMKC Koi Show. Not only did we have to have our koi ready for the show, we helped with set up/administration and we hosted the judges for a pre-show dinner. Having the judges come over was great for us because we learned a…

Summer around the koi pond

When you are done with the bulk of pond building tasks, it feels like you have your weekends back. Pond builder and I went out for bike rides, out to eat and just tooled around. I spent some time filming with my new GoPro5. It is the best GoPro so far (I’ve been using the…