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I am continuing the blog of Diamond, cat sage and haiku poet.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Overly Concerned

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.

Princess Aurora (Shubunkin) for the Pond Fish.

Monday, November 26, 2012


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
under leaves

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.

Dart (the youngest Shubunkin)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Miss Huffle Mawson goes to the Rainbow Bridge

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.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

change in the Pond World

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. 

hot day
under waterlily reflections
 goldfish waver

posted by Dawn (Shubunkin) for the Pond Fish

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Being a poet

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.
Dawn (Shubunkin)

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.
Princess Aurora.

this was a shrine in the same gardens in Japan. The cherry blossoms are just budding. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

A note on the haiku from Dawn

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

Monday, November 12, 2012

Dawn's thoughts

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.

Dawn (Shubunkin) for the Pond Fish.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

How we live

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.

Dawn (Shubunkin)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Farewell to Squashies

Farewell to one of Diamond's friends, Squashies. We can imagine Diamond is waiting for you at the Bridge. This beautiful picture was designed by Zoolatry.

posted by Princess Aurora (Shubunkin) on behalf of Diamond and all of the Pond Fish.

Princess Aurora

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)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

tHUNDER sTORM !1!!!!

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.

Friday, November 2, 2012

A note about Dawn

Dawn came up for his food and ate well. Hopefully he is back to his usual self. He is also an older fish, being over 17 years old.
posted by Lynettea

Thursday, November 1, 2012


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,
Princess Aurora