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…

Keeping Koi in Little Siberia | January 2020

I haven’t posted for some time now. The holidays and work have been keeping me busy. Plus the koi have been low maintenance and boring.Here’s a quick look at what’s been going on in Little Siberia… Yes, we booked our trip to Japan in early spring 2020. We will be visiting family and the three…

Not sure who is happier – the pond builder, the koi or me…

The weather forecast in Minnesota is cooler days – high 30s during the days and mid to low 20s at night. Our koi have remained outdoors a little longer than we expected. Our new indoor pool had a few minor set backs and a little thing called work had the pond builder on an airplane…

Winter has arrived a little early and we’re unprepared…

Fall is always a busy time. Between work, the last koi shows, getting the garden ready for winter and thinking about bringing the koi in for the winter – we barely have time to watch football  and the new fall series on TV.  This weekend we caught up on some of our tasks. Winter POOL…

Saying Goodbye to some koi

Autumn is here and we have about 6, possibly 8 more weeks weeks before the koi will have to move into the garage. The 2500 gallon pool is positioned in the garage and the pond builder is starting to gather the items needed for filtration. We’ll be setting up something similar to last year’s with…

Seasonal changes around the koi pond

The beautiful Minnesota summer is winding down. Some of the plants are sporting more colorful orange and red leaves, the squirrels are in overdrive burying acorns and the temperatures have been decidedly cooler. The pond builder and I have been busy ordering stuff for our winter pool and garden. (The Amazon guy must love us…)…

Still summer…

Summer in Little Siberia has been very uneventful, particularly the koi. This is a good thing. We stopped the Sumiko experiment. Sumiko is a shiro utsuri who looks egg bound. We placed her with three males in the lower pond, did a few large water changes, added spawning ropes into the pond and even tried…

Catching up on Gardening

The koi have been pretty boring – they all look pretty and eat a lot. Feeding time is always a race and a lot of jostling. Summer goes by fast with all of our projects. We have had some new windows and a new front door installed, the painter has a few more days to…

the koi pond needs some Barry White

a very short post…. Summertime is here in Minnesota and we really have very little to do around the pond. Some of our female koi look a little egg bound so I thought I would move Billy the Kid to the upper pond to get a little spawning going. While we’re pretty sure Billy is…