2018 ZNA NorCal and Winter Storm Xanto

Checked off another koi show in the United States. I love to visit other koi shows to see the beautiful koi, meet crazy koi people, find new koi things to buy and just hear a lot of good information about keeping koi. ZNA NorCal has always interested me because the koi are pretty big and…

Koi keeping and gardening is still on hold (sad face)

While much of the world is enjoying the start of spring, we are still indoors this weekend. A little snow fell last night and temperatures are only in the 30s. My cousin sent me a photo yesterday taken in the Mihara area of Japan (east side of Hiroshima). The cherry blossoms have started blooming a…

Still Waiting for Spring to Arrive

The new year of koi shows has started up and it has been fun seeing the posts of friends at the koi shows in San Diego and Orlando. Koi people are very nice, generous and good natured. There might be a few bad apples but this hobby seems to attract a happy, eccentric crowd. The…

Checking on the Koi

Since I last posted, I have traveled to Virginia, watched the Vikings miss out on the Super Bowl, heard a lot of celebs were in the area for Super Bowl (I did not see any), had a few inches of snow, a few days of a spring temperature tease, had a few days of really…

Koi Doctor

It’s -3 degrees going up to a high of 5 degrees today in Little Siberia. I’m planning to spend some time with my new koi books but I have one koi who appears to have a bacteria infection. So I’m going to play koi doctor – which is kind of fun when the stakes are…

Winter in Little Siberia

Christmas morning in Minnesota is about -2 F. We should warm up a few degrees but I’m glad the koi are warm inside the garage. They are eating well and do not seem too stressed about their cramped winter quarters. The koi also do not mind being hand fed with the Manda Fu. I’m sure…

Showa koi and an indoor bakki shower

In 2013 I described koi as red and white, red/black/white, black/white, yellow, copper, tea colored or sparkly. No real clue about varieties, what to buy, where to buy – just interested in some pretty colors swimming around the water feature. Have things changed in the last four years! I have been on a crash course…

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…

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…