We were poking around the goldfish pond, figuring out what we had to do to move our 54 goldfish from the basement tanks back to it. The major thing is to dose it with algae killer and then use the pond vacuum to get many, many dead leaves off the pond's base. We had figured we would be able to do that a week or two ago. It's been such a warm winter we figured it was silly waiting any more for spring. Then we got snow and freezing overnight weather again. It's silly to complain about the weather considering the gentle winter we got. It feels weird we're getting the slow emergence from a winter that never arrived. But, what the heck.
Anyway, I noticed in the pond a worm, a huge one. We had a couple large worms in the pond last year too. One of them, last year, had curled itself up and around a lot and seemed to be making letters. But we hadn't seen the worms since we put the fish back in the pond, which makes sense when you consider what goldfish eat that isn't algae. This new worm we're not sure where it came from and I'm not actually sure it was still alive. It wasn't trying to spell anything.
Also I noticed a bright orange thing, buried under dead leaves. I thought maybe it was a pond thermometer that had sunk to the depths years ago and not been seen since. bunny_hugger thought it might be a heron scarer that had sunk to the depths years ago and not been seen since. I got the grabber and prodded it. It turned out to be a goldfish, which woke slowly up and then scooted away, under the algae-covered koi castle good for its shelter.
If I'd had any idea I'd have gone shoveling snow off the ice during the winter, when there was ice and snow around. But we had got 54 fish out of the pond, and we'd had traps in the water until after Thanksgiving, the day we got our last fish indoors. Who could've imagined there was at least one more fish left in there?
This doesn't change the plan to put in the algae killer and vacuum the pond. It just fills us with wonder that there was another fish, one that wintered over outdoors.
Trivia: The town of Buchanan, Liberia, is not named for the American President but rather his brother, Thomas Buchanan, the country's first colonial governor. Source: Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, Simon Winchester.
Currently Reading: Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance, Lisa Jardine.
PS: JH van 't Hoff and the Gaseous Theory of Solutions; also, Pricing Games, pointing out stuff of interest in the mathematics blogging universe. Also The Price Is Right did something cute.