Early Winter Woes

I’m not doing too well with my koi this winter. I lost two of my largest koi to illness and another koi is recovering from a mysterious injury/infection. On our last trip to our North Carolina home the pond builder was looking at the indoor pond camera recordings and he said “I think we have…

Winter is around the corner in Little Siberia

The end of summer means goodbye for some of our koi. The Normandale Japanese Garden is always happy to receive some free koi and the primary caretaker enjoys koi keeping. This fall we took four koi to the garden. It’s a little sad to move koi along but I always feel good knowing that I…

Some koi will not be wintering with us

It’s almost September and time to start thinking about who is going away. My indoor koi pond in the garage holds a limited amount of koi. Since we had some koi come home from Japan this year and bought some tosai for fun, some of the koi will never make it to the garage pool….

Closing a pond

Today was a sad day. The pond builder started the process of closing down the lower pond. He’s very sentimental and puts a lot of love into pond building. This pond demanded annual painting and he had just finished re-doing the side boards. Since the koi like to play under dripping water, he put an…

Lifestyle : koi keeping and gardening

The pond builder and I are coming up to 10 years in Little Siberia. He’s been learning along the way and has created multiple outdoor ponds, multiple indoor wintering ponds and planted a lot of trees and shrubs. The work never really ends and we love watching our little half acre grow and change. Our…

Still Under Lockdown … but I have some new koi 😄

Two weeks since my last post and a lot has happened. Four new koi flew in on Southwest Airlines in May, all the winter koi moved to the outdoors ponds and one moved back into the quarantine pool due to injury. The upper pond is looking pretty good and all of the koi seem quite…

Stay-at-Home in Little Siberia

Stay-at-home Minnesota started on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th). Like much of the country, we’ve been amusing ourselves by spending more time on hobbies. The pond builder’s business is still up and running since we make soaps, detergents, an EPA registered disinfectant and now a FDA approved hand sanitizer. However he is working remotely most…

a little bit of Japan comes home

Our world has been turned upside down with the COVID-19 pandemic. I had hoped to visit the ZNA SoCal show this past weekend and it was cancelled. ZNA Carolina’s show this April has been cancelled. The daily news and increasingly drastic measures to contain the spread of the virus can be pretty depressing. The pond…

Little Siberia is Thawing

While I would rather be looking at a major garden in Japan, I substituted working in my own garden this weekend. We still have snow on the ground but the weather has been in the 40s and it’s melting fast. I spent much of the weekend picking up old autumn leaves. I also unwrapped a…

“Could you put off your visit to Japan until the virus calms down?”

A disappointing week in Little Siberia. I received a message from my Japanese relatives asking us to reschedule our trip. The news reports have been filled with warnings about the spread of coronavirus in Japan. So just over a week away from departure, I cancelled our flights and lodgings. So many fun things were scheduled…

Please enjoy…

The pond builder and I were just talking about how winter was pretty easy this year. Tonight’s weather headline is:  Overnight snowstorm to blanket Twin Cities, much of central and southern Minnesota. The forecast calls for 3 to 8 inches in the metro area, with heavier accumulations to the south.  As usual the koi are unfazed…