Happy New Year, bunny_hugger. I'm delighted to be seeing a new one in with you.
I'm sure the rest of you wonder about the pond. I've found it a source of wonder myself: after one bitterly cold week in November we had a very mild December, and so we were able to go on trapping fish in the wire cage or in the mesh trap. There were a couple stretches of really cold days, but there were enough warm ones that the pond only formed a light layer of ice, nothing that couldn't be broken through with a little effort and some sticks.
The result is whereas last year we had to bring in fish in one frantic and somewhat mad marathon session of draining the pond and trying to grab as many in nets as we could, this time we were able to spend several months hauling up traps, often with one or more in each trap per day. It's also forced us to wonder just how many baby fish are in the pond, since we were going at a good clip of taking five to ten out per week without the number apparently decreasing.
But this week the temperature dropped to below freezing, all day long, and for several days in a row. I suspect we're just not going to plausibly get a warm enough stretch that we can trap any more and so on Monday we took out what I expect to be our last rescued goldfish. We know there are more, though; ever since we vacuumed the pond we've seen a tiny school of five bright, orange-colored fish, with another dark fish moving around with it. I even saw one of these bright ones sniffing at the entrance to one of the traps, but it wasn't having anything to do with it, so wouldn't go in.
So when I put the net over the pond, to let the ice cover finish forming, I wished them luck and hoped they know what they're doing. If January and February are not so brutally bitterly cold and snowy as last year, they might make it out there after all. I hope so; we can imagine more things we might have done, but we couldn't get them done this season. Maybe next year.
The first month of the Babylonian calendar, Barzagga, was dubbed Nisanu in the Semitic calendar and Artemisios in the Seleucid calendar. Source: Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, EG Richards.
Currently Reading: Rousseau's Dog: Two Great Thinkers At War In The Age Of Enlightenment, David Edmonds, John Eidinow.