We finally got Mama to help us blog again. She's so darn busy outside working with her flower gardens. She wants to get everything done in the gardens before our hot summer weather hits here in Iowa. When it's that hot, she can't work in the gardens, it makes her too sick. Plus she shouldn't be in the sun much when it's real hot either. She went to the skin dogtor on Monday & a few weeks previously & had several lumps & things taken off her skin. One patch had the pre-C word mentioned, yikes! Today she got the official word on the other lumps & NO C-word. So we were happy about that.
We were doing walkies around the pond yesterday & look what we found sitting on a rock along the smaller pond edge:
Yep, an ugly mean young Snapping Turtle. They are pretty mean turtles. They will eat our koi fish, tear up our waterlilies, etc.
So Mama caught him in the big fish net and had Papa take him down to the dead end of our road & plop him into the river. Now our koi are safe again!
Here are a few of the koi swimming:
And we are happy to report that the 6 young koi that Mama bought last year, Asta, Agatha, Archie, Maggie, Scruffy & Pearl are ALL alive & well. They made it through winter & survived that mean mink that stole Koi Cookie. We are also seeing baby koi that were born in the pond last year. They are now about 3-4 inches long and starting to swim around with the large koi. In a few months we should be able to start naming some of those young koi. We still have our list of pal names that signed up to have a koi named after them. So once we match a name to a koi, we'll let you know.
Butchy, Snickers, Ruby, Sylvester & Scuby