Painter Returns

This afternoon I heard Cullen barking with his “I have a snake or something unusual: treeing bark. It was a painted turtle who had left our pond and was trapped against the dog fence. I brought the turtle inside and offered her (I think) a large night crawler. When Eric and Kathryn got home […]

Moving the topsoil from our new parcel

We purchased ~4 acres of land from our neighbor Gary as he was selling his farm to an Amish family, Dennis. The parcel resolved a long time problem of our septic line, garden, orchard and fence line being on property not identified in the original survey of our house. The parcel contained a pond and […]

New Minnow Pond

My neighbor put drainage tile in the pasture to the south of our house. He surrounded the drainage tile with sand. His purpose was to make the field suitable for crops. This year he planted corn.

He asked if he could run one section of drainage tile such that it drained into a swale in […]

Fishing Alternatives

Saturday stayed foggy all day. Kathryn’s brother, Tim, visited us for lunch, games of euchre and a short hike through the woods. Tim brought their new dog, Abby and Abby had a good run with Scout. It had been many years since I played Euchre and it was Eric’s 1st time.

After Tim left at […]

Full Moon Weekend

Eric and I were bachelors this past weekend as Kathryn went to Rochester on a multipurpose visit:

Lunch with long time friend Debbie Shopping for new clothes Dinner with high school friend Judy Irish-fest with brother Tim and niece Sarah Going away/deployment party for nephew John and wife Danielle Brunch with long time friend Kathy […]

Feeding Fish

Our pond is stocked with Large Mouth Bass and Catfish. I feed the fish every other day or two and the catfish have grown quite large (22-24″). They are voracious eaters. As I start to throw fish food onto the pond the swirls begin.

More fish show up and begin swimming along the surface […]

Fishing in the Pond

Friday evening Kathryn, Eric and I went fishing in our pond with an intent to catch some catfish and relocate them to the pond below our house. By my estimation there are 18-20 large catfish in our pond and they are overcrowded. I caught a small large mouth bass and a catfish while Eric managed […]

Stocking Grass Carp

Grass Carp resemble the common carp but its body is more streamlined and it lacks a stiff dorsal spine and barbels. The grass carp has large, grooved pharyngeal {throat} teeth and a long intestine which allow it to effectively shred and digest aquatic plants as its principal food. The grass carp feed on submersed aquatic […]