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…

Merry Christmas on the Farm

70° on the farm today! It’s just us this Christmas on the farm but we enjoyed spending our time outdoors. We haven’t found someone to excavate the next two feet of our pond but hoping in January someone can be hired. We are spending this weekend clearing our future tea garden. It has been a…

Ending the year happily

Pond Builder/Tree Guy and I have made some more progress on farm projects. We have finally broken ground on our North Carolina pond!! Not sure when we’ll be complete but it’s a good start.

Koi Kichi

In America, many koi keepers refer to themselves as “Koi Kichi” – crazy for koi or koi madness. It’s probably more correct to say koi kichigai – but koi kichi works. I am deep into the madness. I am enjoying the hobby of koi keeping, koi appreciation and this weekend I passed my judging certification…