Still learning after two years

Almost two years ago, we bought the farm. It seems like ages since we first arrived. The pond builder has done a lot of work clearing woods, weeds and building fun stuff. I have been playing with fruit and vegetable gardening with a mixture of success and failure. There’s always ‘next year.’ Just a few…

What could go wrong?

Pond building is never a smooth, straight road. We definitely hit a little speed bump thinking we were taking a shortcut. We let the concrete contractor pour the floor when we were not on-site. Looked good on the video cam recording but upon inspection when we returned to the farm, the pond builder was very…

New koi pond floor is poured!!!

It’s been 23 months since we closed on our farm…10 months that the koi have been living in a swimming pool in our garage…crossing our fingers that we are a few weeks away from a functioning outdoor pond. This morning our waterproofed cement pond floor was poured. The preparation for the pour was looking pretty…

ZNA Carolina Koi Show 2022

Between COVID cancellations moving and judging commitments, we have not shown our koi for awhile. This past weekend we took four of our koi to the ZNA Carolina Koi Show. It’s one of the koi clubs I belong to and so I was an exhibitor and show volunteer. Koi shows demand a lot of work…

Necessary and Unnecessary Tasks

It’s been almost two years since we first saw the farm and about six months of full time living on the farm. This was our first spring of being able to see a lot of the hidden dogwoods and some different ground flowers. The wildflower seeds sown last year seem to do be doing better…

the very busy pond builder

Our OCTAFORM PVC stay-in-place concrete wall forming system was finally delivered to the farm today. The original plan was that pond builder and the Kubota were going to meet the truck on the black top road, unload and he would move the oversized pallet back to the house. Thankfully our driver backed his straight truck…

Central Florida Koi and Goldfish Show 2022

Heading back to the farm after attending the first koi show in 2022. CFKGS in Orlando is always well attended with lots of vendors and everyone ready to catch up. This was a no responsibility, no stress weekend – just enjoyment for me. The koi show is held at a hotel site not too far…

10 More Days of Winter

Winter is dragging its feet. We have had some days in the 70s, lots of days in the 50s and just to remind us it’s still winter, several nights at or below freezing. The weather pattern has included gusty winds and small to heavy rain showers. We have tarped our pond site to keep all…

Can’t go wrong when the excavator operator has a koi tattoo

We’re making progress on the koi pond. Today a LOT of work got done around the farm, and not by us 😊! We’ve been asking around about someone who could do the deeper pond excavation. My retired neighbor said he would do it but he’s not always home on his farm. My koi friend, Sandy…

Are we almost at the end of winter???

Winter fast is over. The garage pool is warming up and we’ve started feeding the koi again. The last few weeks we have had more winter weather than I remember from the first winter on the farm. A few ice storms and a little bit of snow. I really shouldn’t complain about the weather because…

Winter Storm Izzy = Lazy Day on the Farm

We are twelve hours into our winter event. I’ve already watched a movie on Netflix, baked cookies, finished a number of chores around the house and NFL is on for the next few hours. Since I haven’t taken very many videos of the koi, today seemed to be a good day. I posted a two…

Peonies

In Japan, the peony is called Botan and is the king of flowers. Peonies symbolize bravery and honor. In other cultures, peonies symbolize romance, a happy marriage, compassion, prosperity and good luck. The plant flowers for only a few short weeks and a good rain ruins the blooms. I’m not putting up umbrellas over my…