It’s like a second job (but fun)

The pond builder and I have put in about 40 man hours of work on the pond and yard this weekend – it’s a second job! I’m so pleased with all the work we finished. The lower pond is ready for some concentrated work now that the shade feature has been stained and moved forward….

The Upper Koi Pond is Open

I feel like we have been behind about three weeks from last year but the upper pond is finally open and some of our koi are swimming around. We intended to have only female koi in this pond but I may have a male or two in this bunch. I like the balance of colors…

Weather forecasts a busy weekend ahead

Great weather means we’re outside all weekend. We got a head start on our weekend by heading up to Koi Acres in Scandia, MN to pick up my new Dainichi Showa tosai. He/She (hopefully she) is named Costello. Showa koi like Abbot and Costello take about five years to develop. The Showa and Shiro Utsuri…

Spring morning in Minnesota

Winter seems really long in Minnesota. Spring seems to turn everything green overnight and the plants come back to life pretty quickly. We’re still in the middle of opening up our ponds. The upper pond filtration equipment is being redone and the koi might come out of the garage this week. The lower pond re-do…

New koi

The box of fun finally arrived today via Delta Dash. I have two koi sourced through Kevin Pham of Genki Nishikigoi – a Kohaku and a Showa. Their shipping was not without a few glitches. Originally they were to be shipped in April but the Delta melt down made me reconsider flying them out. We…

Making progress on pond work

Never did get around to part 2 of the busy weekend from my last post. We have been squeezing work in when we can with our schedules and the not-so-spring-like weather conditions. The big news is that much of the filtration equipment work is done and we have started filling the upper pond with water….

Part 1 of a very busy weekend

We were hoping to open up our pond this weekend but real life interferes and things don’t always get delivered on time. The pond builder has been working very hard on tidying up the upper pond and the filtration equipment. We have a new container (from Polytank) for our moving bed filter and some new…

Chickens, Landscaping and a New Koi

We had a pretty busy weekend – exhausting but we got a lot done. I started a new hobby this weekend. I purchased two chicks that will be laying hens later this summer. I was hoping to get a pair of ameraucaunas (they lay blue eggs) but ended up with some reliable brown egg layers….

Spring is around the corner (finally)

I’ve been spending most of the week in sunny Las Vegas for a trade show. I can’t wait to have 70 degree weather in Minnesota. Our spring weather seems to be finally coming in with days in the low 50s. My pond digger has been very excited to get out into the yard. Last weekend…

Fun with schedule 40 pipe

Spring arrives for most of the world in two days but in Minnesota we’re lagging behind a few weeks. The saying is ‘never plant anything before Mother’s Day.’ Consequently there’s a pretty lengthy time that my pond builder has to think about stuff he wants to do outdoors once spring weather kicks in. On my…

20 degrees, feels like 10 with a winter storm possible

Winter keeps coming back like a bad penny. The only really nice thing about the chilly temperatures is that I can get the pond digger to be the household handyman and painter. Once the good weather comes back, he’s pretty much outside for good. In between doing random tasks around the house, he has been…