The pond builder is too tired to watch fireworks

The pond builder is exhausted. This weekend he toiled under the hot sun around the lower pond. I can hear the local fireworks outside, but the pond builder is falling asleep. You might be wondering why we’re working outside all the time but it really is our hobby. We enjoy puttering around the yard and…

Sod is our friend

Just over a week ago, we had barely finished the lower pond area to be somewhat presentable to our guests. Lots of dirt areas covered with mulch, some areas just dirt and rocks, but in general it was okay. This weekend we tackled the landscaping and while it’s not finished, we’re quite pleased by the…

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…

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…

Summer is over :-(

It’s Fall now and I feel I have missed a great deal of the beautiful Minnesota summer this year. I certainly have been a little behind in posting, so I’m going to play catch up. Mostly photos but read the captions… First up is a video of the koi taken about a week ago.  All…

“Do you have a picture of this?”

It’s not even July 1 and our major pond structures and landscaping are done. It’s actually unsettling to have all this time to do more bike riding, hang around, relax more…the pond digger is having a little work withdrawal symptoms. However, I can not say enough about our contractor. He promised us a July finish…

Making progress around the ponds…

All the koi are finally in the pond. We had one goshiki in quarantine but Carmen seemed very sad and lonely. So we decided to shorten quarantine for Carmen as well. The koi are all swimming around the pond and enjoying being in the school of big koi and the school of little koi. I’m…

Shiros in the Lower Pond

The lower pond is finally open and some of the koi are enjoying life outdoors again. We first put in Jet Li, a  Kikokuryu to test out the pond.  Since it’s always sad to have only one koi, we let Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid swim around for the evening with Jet Li. I…

It always looks worse before getting better…

In Minnesota, the little saying must be “April snow showers bring May flowers.” We had a little snow event before the weekend and I’m hoping the chillier temperatures are really on their way out since Spring arrived almost a month ago. We have had a few 50-60 degree teaser days but for the most part…

Another day in the garden

Lots of work still going around the equipment pit. The pond digger has undone some of the old concrete and poured some new concrete to accommodate the moving bed filter in a different spot. Since the equipment area is going to be a busy zone, we dug up the plants. The pond digger tries to…