Dawn came up this morning briefly and swam around quite vigorously during feeding time. He did snatch a few pieces of food. He is now staying at the bottom of the pond again and didn't come up for feed time this evening.
Dawn is staying at the bottom of The Pond resting on his poor old fins. We are worried about him. He didn't like our Christmas presents, which were a shell that Lynettea told me she thought we would play with and a lot of duckweed that a kind lady at the plant nursery gave her. We have eaten most of the duckweed now.
We are wondering if Dawn has constipation, which is a bad complaint for fish. If he rests a while he may get over it. We don't know what to think, as Dawn is the oldest of us, coming to the pond before we were born.
posted by Princess Aurora (Shubunkin) for The Pond Fish
Happy New Year to all our friends and visitors
from Lynettea, and all The Pond Fish (Dawn, Princess Aurora, Streak and Dart Shubunkin).
Dawn has not been very active and I find him hiding at the bottom of the pond under one of the slate shelves. He does come up occasionally and nips at some food, but he is an elderly fish now, seventeen plus. So I fear the worst.
I think the other fish will be distressed if he also goes to the Rainbow Bridge, but there doesn't seem much I can do. It will be a sad day to lose my big fish Dawn.
Princess Aurora seems to be marshalling the other two and is obviously preparing to take charge.
We are late in putting up our greetings. We hope all our friends and visitors have a specially nice holiday season. We are thinking of all of you with love and affection. We haven't seen snow and it is hot here, but Lynettea did a lot of work trying to make us an original card, so we are grateful. We think the snow looks a bit like waves. So we like that.
posted by Dawn (Shubunkin) for The Pond Fish
Junior has now passed to The Rainbow Bridge, very sadly for his Mom, who will miss him. We will miss him too. We think that our Guardian Diamond will be there to greet Junior. We miss Diamond too, with his furry form perched on the side of the pond. Some of the younger ones still look for him.
Just before nightfall we swim towards my friend Lynettea .
We have just heard that the Koi friends of one of our visitors Kjelle Bus may begin occasionally blogging on his blog. The blog is in Swedish, but if you click the Translate button at the top of the blog it translates into English.
This is a great idea and we are offering a star to Kjelle Bus in appreciation, to add to his Awardie. http://kjellebus.blogspot.com.au/
posted by Princess Aurora (Shubunkin)
It rained today. We haven't seen rain for a long time bouncing all over the surface of The Pond World. All the water that was sucked up into the air yesterday and the day before by the hot weather of 38C fell today and filled up The Pond again.
Now we are blogging we see the Food Bearer more often. I put my head up to observe her but feel a bit overwhelmed if she leans over the pond.
It is many years since she lifted me out of the pond and I have grown bigger since then. She took me out at one time to look at my scales more closely and check if there was something wrong with them. Thankfully she put me back into the soft water very quickly and added some medicine to the water.
We haven't yet found any other blogging fish. My friend Lynettea was speaking to me about this today. She feels that as perhaps the only blogging fish we have a duty to find out about fish that live in other ponds and tell people about them.
We sometimes get concerned about the fate of our pond. It seems big to us, but we hear that there is a much bigger pond called the ocean, where wild fish live. There are also lakes and rivers where many fish of other species live their daily lives.
Maybe we need a television screen out here where we can see some nature programs. Diamond was keen on watching documentaries about the lives of other animals and he often speculated about what it would be like to live as a 'natural cat'.
Lynettea found this article about how many fish there are and where they live. She told us that most fish species live in smaller places like rivers and lakes and there are not as many living in the ocean. where do fish live
We hope our cat and dog visitors will take an interest in this too.
best regards to all,
Princess Aurora (Shubunkin) for The Pond Fish
I have suggested to the Food Bearer that she get an underwater camera to take some better pictures of us. We find that our special features are often distorted by glare from the sun shining on the water or the ripples on the pond surface.
Dawn: 'Could you please get some better equipment to take pictures of us?'
Food Bearer: 'What do you mean? I take beautiful pictures and I try to capture all your best points.'
Dawn: 'I am not certain that I would call the end of my tail my best point?'
Food Bearer: 'You have a beautiful tail Dawn!'
Dawn: 'I want pictures of my whole beauty, shown clearly and not blurred!'
Food Bearer: 'You need to slow down, Dawn. My camera doesn't work that fast.'
Dawn: 'For Christmas we want an UNDERWATER CAMERA that works very fast.'
Food Bearer: 'That would be very expensive, Dawn.'
Dawn: 'We are celebrities now as Blogging Fish and we need our pictures taken properly.'
Food Bearer: 'Well, I don't think I could afford that at the moment, Dawn ..."
posted by Dawn (Shubunkin)
Note by Princess Aurora: I think this is an imaginary dialogue between Dawn and my friend Lynettea, as he doesn't seem to be getting through to her.
The Food Bearer found a few photos of other fishes she said we could use for our blog. She doesn't have many photos of other fish. It is as if she isn't really interested in them.
These fish were in the Aquarium at Beijing Zoo
We hope you enjoy them.
Dawn (Shubunkin) for The Pond Fish.
We now have all of our six stars. Cara n Crew at Fraidy Cats have sent us a star. Thank you and all of the other cats and dogs who have given us stars. It makes us feel very special. We are now twinkling like we can imagine a Christmas Tree, although from The Pond we have never seen one. We can't even see the real stars properly from where we are. The Food Bearer says she thinks we had better stay in the water and use our imaginations. We have plenty of that.
Dawn (Shubunkin) for all of the Appreciative Pond Fish.
Thank you Sparkle for our fifth star. We are not sure where the entry is on Sparkle's huge web site, but she told us she had given us one.We feel so shiny that all our scales are sparkling!!!
Dawn on behalf of The Pond Fish
Thanks to Keisha, Meowmeowmans and Nellie from The Cat from Hell for awarding me three more stars!!!! I am feeling very special. I am now a four star blog. Is that like a four star hotel? I have sent the awardie to all the cats and dogs who have posted to me recently. If you feel left out then please let me know. I don't have hundreds of contributors, but some are my loyal friends and that means a lot to me.
drifting in water weed
gazes at the moon
gazes at the moon
drifting in water weed
(by Dawn (Shubunkin))
best wishes to all from Dawn, Princess Aurora, Streak and Dart (Shubunkin)
We are not sure if this awardie is entirely for us. We think it is for Angel Diamond too. Diamond was our guardian cat for a long time, so we are happy to put the awardie on Diamond's blog. We may be the first Shubunkin family to receive this type of AWARDIE, so we are very happy.
Thank you Sherlock, Ash and Traveler.
Will have to think who to nominate, as a lot of our friends have already received the awardie.
We wondered if there are any other Shubunkins with blogs. Dawn had a look on the Internet last night, with the help of my friend Lynettea and he couldn't find any.
Surely there are a few fish out there with human friends to help them connect with the air world.
Here us a picture of three of us frolicking in the splashings from our Dragon Fountain Guardian. He doesn't pay any attention to us, but he makes splashings to keep our water oxygenated.
Princess Aurora (Shubunkin) for The Pond Fish
PS If any fish or cats or dogs want to have a bear friend of their own you can look at the details of the bears on this web page. Animals Asia befriend a bear
And Dawn has been reaching out with his haiku into the air world. Lynettea is helping him.
After some discussion with the other Pond Fish, we decided (under my guidance) to take over Diamond's sponsorship of a Moon Bear. Diamond's bear friend Emma sadly passed to the Rainbow Bridge shortly before Diamond also journeyed there and we like to think of them both running and playing together in the forest and grasslands.
Diamond then took on the sponsorship of Moon Bear George and George will now become our friend. I am posting some photos of our friendship certificate, which has Diamond's name on it. We were a bit worried about where we would find the resources to take up our friendship with George, but the Foodbearer has assured us that she will not cut our food supplies in payment.
I feel Dawn is getting overly concerned about the activities of the Food Bearer. He told me that he saw her looking at us through the trellis at the back of the pond yesterday evening. I told him that she had no doubt gone there to refill the bird bath. She knows Dawn likes to stick his head up to see the birds flying down to the garden. I am getting quite worried about his increasing concern with the air world. He is forever sticking his face out of the water and gazing around.
It doesn't seem quite fish-like. It is always wise to be happy with your destiny and we are water creatures.
Maybe the Food Bearer is sad without Diamond and that is why she was staring at Dawn. He still thinks he can learn to communicate with her, but so far she has proved far too unsophisticated to learn our language.
The Food Bearer just sprinked some crispies for us on the top of The Pond. Later than usual. Everything is not as it was when Diamond was here. The Dragon Guardian never speaks up for us. WE wonder if he cares about us at all, as he is silent except for the gush of water from his lips.
Then Dawn rose to the surface and he told me he heard a strange noise
thunder circles the horizon
silent birds crouch
He had to guess about the birds, but he couldn't hear them, so they were obviously crouching somewhere and he told me that is where they go at night. The trees were tossing their leaves around, so hopefully the birds would get some shelter. Do the trees make the wind? Dawn said that was a silly question when I asked, but I still have my doubts. When there is wind the trees wave their leaves and branches.
A lightning fork stabs through the orange clouds and then a few raindrops dimple the Pond Water. Dawn tells me to hide under one of the slate shelves. But I notice he is up near the surface, perhaps musing on the orange glow around us.
We are so sad to read that Diamond's great friend Miss Huffle Mawson has passed over the Rainbow Bridge. We feel so much for Huffle's loving humans left behind. WE hope Diamond was waiting for Huffle, to greet her and show her around. Huffle's blog
The picture above is from Huffle's blog and the one below from the Cat Blogosphere
posted by Lynettea for herself and her remaining pets The Pond Fish.
Yesterday our Pond World changed. The Food Bearer pumped out some of our water and recycled it on The Garden. I was not really nervous as we have experienced this change numerous times in the past. Streak dives downwards as the water level sinks. We find ourselves at the bottom with the Pond Edges towering above us.
I rest on the bottom of the pond, my fins steadying me. Princess Aurora fusses around me, trying to reassure me. I should be looking out for the others, but I feel rather overwhelmed.
Our slate shelves are now well out of the water. They are our shelters when the pond level is high. The waterlily leaves float downwards with the water level.
I rest at the bottom, feeling exposed.
At last the water begins to rise again. We feel refreshed and invigorated. The planks have gone and our sky roof is blue.
The plank has now disappeared. I didn't like seeing it hanging over my head. So Princess Aurora was right. I must concentrate on de-stressing. Will it make me feel more stressed being a poet? My horizons have been expanded, but I must dive under a rocky shelf to contemplate.
My friend Lynettea has let me put these pictures from her trip to Japan on our blog. The beautiful fish look a bit like us, but are much bigger. Maybe Dawn might relax a bit if he looks at such pretty scenes.
this was a shrine in the same gardens in Japan. The cherry blossoms are just budding.
It is true that I haven't written any haiku before, but I looked at Diamond's instruction page on writing haiku and thought that it was something I could attempt. None of the other Pond Fish have tried to write a haiku. Maybe I will write another if I can think of one. Maybe something about waterplants. At the moment a plank is propped over the pond and it is making me nervous. Princess Aurora is trying to reassure me that it won't fall, but I am not quite convinced.
Spring is in the air and the water. We swim in long loose spirals, gently brushing against one another. Our scales catch the sunlight.
Now we have a blog the Food Bearer is more attentive. When I put my head above the water I can sometimes detect a chemical smell. The workmen have left their paint rollers near the pond. They must be very insensitive.
Dawn (Shubunkin) for the Pond Fish
dark of the moon
through the sky roof glows
the Milky Way
but I can mostly see construction materials if I look up.
I tried to have a word with the Food Bearer about the situation when she called my name this morning. Our outlook view from The Pond has been considerably downgraded since The Reconstruction Project has been underway. All she could say was, 'Be patient, Dawn and all will be well in the long run.'
Which wasn't much of an answer.
Yesterday it was so hot we spent the day under our slate shelves. The Umbrella Roof could not give us any shelter because all the construction materials prevented the Food Bearer from opening it.
In answer to one of our visitors, we live in The Pond all the year. Our climate is cold in the winter (we think), but we never get snow or blizzards. In July, our coldest month, the average maximum temperature in the air is 15.3 C (59.5 F ) and average minimum is 7.5 C (45.5 F). The Food Bearer just looked this up for us on The Internet. She is taking more notice of us now and often calls out our names as she throws the food, if we don't come up straight away.
We think that blogging is helping us realize our true personal worth. Of course, as the chief organizer of The Pond Fish I take more responsibility. I try to take the main initiative in observing and contacting the denizens of the air world.
Water is so much more comfortable. We float in the currents, dance in the rapids. We look up and observe the sky roof and sometimes the umbrella roof and the face of the Dragon Guardian. Most of the air world is indifferent to us, but we have our own thoughts as we swim and our own dreams as we sleep.
I am posting a selection of my favourite photos. The photos are from my special photoshoot. The Food Bearer said we can each have some of our own photos to compensate for all the noise and bother we are enduring with the reconstruction. We still think we would prefer to have Diamond back to entertain us, but it doesn't look as if he will reappear. We keep looking up to see if he will start sitting near the pond, but he hasn't come. Dawn says he will organize us instead.
The first picture is of my favourite water irises
And now a beautiful portrait of me, Princess Aurora
This is of Dawn trying to snupervise the Food Bearer. He isn't very successful yet in influencing her behaviour. You can see his mouth is open trying to tell her something, but she is probably not listening.
Me and Dawn. Dawn has the large tail and I have a small and elegant tail.
Dawn, me and Dart playing in the fountain.
Our Pond Home
Posted with kind regards from Princess Aurora (Shubunkin)
We had big thunderstorms last night. We dived under our slate shelves, but we couldn't sleep very well because of all the flashy lights. Our sky-roof was lit up and then there were crashing bangs. Worse than the workmen who keep coming back and forth. We can't see the workmen very much, as they mostly ignore us.
The food bearer took some more photos of us, as she was excited to see that Dawn was fully recovered and we were all playing together in the splashings of the fountain from our Dragon Guardian.
If she comes near us again we will ask her to put some photos on our blog. (is it our blog or Diamond's blog now?) We are not sure, but we think we should take the opportunity of speaking our fish thoughts.
Streak, on behalf of the Pond Fish.
so we were able to get a good sleep last night.
The food bearer is taking too many photos of us now. We used to feel disgruntled because Diamond was getting all the attention, but now we know why he sometimes got tired of posing for all his publicity photos.
Of course Diamond was a more of a celebrity cat. We do not expect to be celebrity fish. I am getting very camera shy. I seem to be able to sense it when the food bearer approaches with the camera. A few days ago she was even taking secret paparazzi shots of us through the trellis. WE didn't notice her there for a while. We were just attempting to have some of our normal social activity and didn't necessarily want it all on the public record.
yours with goodwill,
The light that shines all over our area was on all night for the last two nights. The food bearer said that because of the renovations it is not working properly.
This morning when she sprinkled the food we heard her calling out for Dawn. Dawn was resting at the bottom of our pond on his fins. He didn't want to be disturbed. He had been on the alert for us all night because of the unusual light and he was worn out.
'Dawn, where are you? My favourite fish, Dawn. Where are you? Where are you? Oh, there you are. Is something the matter, Dawn. You aren't moving.' Dawn stayed still and we could see that he just wanted to rest.
The food bearer plunged her arm in the water to touch Dawn. He hates that and swished off with a flourish of his magnificent tail.
'Oh Dawn, you are okay. Here is some more food for you, Dawn.' By that time the rest of us had eaten all the food she sprinkled.
We hope that the light is not on again tonight.
Posted by Dart for the pond fish. I am the smallest and youngest of the fish. I am bright red all over. The food bearer says I am a very pretty fish.
Are we right to feel nervous with all these men passing to and fro near the pond? They have stacked up furniture near us, but we can hear them stamping and a dreadful noise which comes and goes. Dawn is still feeling very agitated and we are trying to give him courage. He feels a failure because he couldn't get the food bearer to listen properly to his concerns for us.
The food bearer told him that there would be 'sawing noises', 'hammering noises' and 'drilling noises' and probably conversation that he could find disturbing. But not to worry. She hastily threw down some food this morning and we haven't seen her since. We hope she will be back at our usual feeding time, but without Diamond to remind her she is not as reliable as she was.
We hope if another cat comes we will be safe. The food bearer says that there will be more reconstruction than the builders had thought, but they won't touch the pond.
What a dreadful idea. That hadn't occurred to us, that the world could be touched. Our world, Our pond. When Dawn reassured us we were not reassured. We had always thought of the pond world as something permanent. The very idea that it could be changed is distressing to us.
STREAK for the pond fish. (Princess Aurora is so upset at the thought the pond might be alterable that she cannot write).
PEOPLE came up near us, but then went away. There was a lot of banging today and the food bearer went out somewhere. One day we mean to find out more from her. She doesn't spend much time with us. Diamond was the chief pet and we think she is sad without him. We try to please, swimming back and forth and coming out from the places where we hide when she calls us. DAWN, she sometimes calls and sometimes others of us are honoured by names. The food bearers says we are so pretty, like flowers in the water. We know flowers, as we have them in our pond. Unlike flowers though we have our own thoughts. The water hyacinths have been flowering during the cooler weather and are still appearing.
Our iris plants are in flower. These flowers only last for a short time. We hope more flowers will appear.
We hid under the waterlily leaves and huddled together. Then brave Dawn decided to confront the food bearer. We wanted him to tell her that we don't like too many noisy people around us. He lost his nerve and just bubbled at the surface. We don't think she understood what he was trying to say.
Then he swam off with a great flourish of his superb tail.
We have decided that as long as she continues to bring the food we will not complain too much.
Dawn always has the best photos. We would like to show ourselves off on the blog also. Diamond would want all of us to have nice pictures. We must tell the food bearer that.
Now our friend and guardian Diamond is no longer here, we don't feel as safe. Today all sorts of large objects appeared near the pond and men were bringing out things and stamping near us. They even stared at us swimming around until we felt nervous and dived under our slate slabs. Dawn tried to keep us all calm, but we could see he was no longer in control. He dived to the bottom of the pond.
When the food bearer appeared she said she had lost our food. How can that be? She said she had to look for it and went off poking around various boxes. Eventually she came back, but we were all upset and kept diving around rapidly, swirling the water. We don't like changes.
She said something about 'necessary bathroom renovation' and 'water in the wall'. Surely that can't be bad. Water is a good home to us, so supple and kind. Perhaps she would be better off if she let more of it into her own home.
We hope we are not disrupted too often.
Diamond would never have let this happen.
Your sincere friend Princess Aurora, for the pond fishes.
(Dawn is feeling too upset to write, although he is trying to conceal that from us)
we thought we should have some of our photos. Diamond has far more photos than we do, although there are four of us.
Dawn is the biggest fish. He is an extremely handsome and large goldfish of the Shubunkin family. Rising to the surface, he keeps an eye on the world beyond the pond and in particular on the location and activities of the Food Bearer.
posted by Dawn (Shubunkin)
I collected Diamond's ashes today from his Veterinary Surgeon. His remains were separately cremated by the Animal Welfare League. I intend to scatter them in his garden when a couple of his closest human friends can come around to participate.
So far I haven't informed the fish, although they seem to have guessed that something has happened. Their chief concern seems to be that they are fed regularly twice a day. Diamond would notify me if I was late. Perhaps they miss him jumping around when I sprinkle their special goldfish pellets, although he hadn't been agile enough to do much of that for a while.
We have noticed the big furry one has not been supervising us lately. At least he seems to think he has to supervise us, although we cannot agree. We did feel more comfortable with him perched up there watching for possible birds of prey and other predators, but he always made us a bit nervous prowling around the edge of the pond at our meal times.
I remember when he first came here, a while after I had taken up residence. He was only a young cat then, around three months old. He fell into the pond a few times and managed to overbalance the terracotta dragon into the pond on one occasion. The dragon circulates our water. We look up at its rocky face towering above us towards the faintly discernible sky.
I believe the furry one thought he was infinitely superior to us, but scales suit us for our watery residence, fur would not.
He certainly looked bedraggled after his fur got wet.
All in all we are probably sorry he has gone, but as long as the food bearer remains we do not complain.
Now the furry one is not posting on the blog, we may use it to express our points of view from time to time. Maybe he is looking down from the Rainbow Bridge and smiling at us. We like to think that, although it may be foolish.
also speaking for Streak, Princess Aurora and Dart from The Pond.
I had a few photos of Diamond left in the camera, so am posting them. They were taken in the last week. Diamond's spring bluebells were just about finished with a sudden burst of warm weather and we decided to plant a new grape vine, as one of the very old vines had not shot into leaves this spring. You can see that Diamond had taken to supervising the new vine already as soon as it was planted and hopefully it will sprout fresh new leaves in his memory.