We are waiting for our food this morning
Sasha the cat assured us we would be going back into our refurbished pond today.
Some people came and made a lot of noise dragging things around, but we are here still and they made the water muddy with sloshing water out and in.
The food provider apologized and said they would be back next Tuesday. The fibreglass may have some fumes left that would make us feel uncomfortable she said.
So it is a matter of being patient yet again.
We swim in the currents and would love to be able to dive once again into our sheltered caves.
This summer has been so hot that most of our plants have died. We still have two plants on our shelves that have leaves and our Papyrus plants. Our waterlily is shooting up leaves, but something eats them before they get to the top of the water. Maybe we are eating them? The human keeps staring at the plant and wondering what to do. She even bought a new waterlily and it was okay for a while. Then the leaves started to disappear.
But we are still feeding and playing.
We will get the human to look at the pond and take a photo or two to upload.
POEM FOR PRINCESS AURORA FROM THE POND FISH
For she who swims now through the endless shining waters
We mourn for her
our hearts diminished.
we bathe in the shadows of the lily
dive through the sparkle
of the fountain water
She dwells now in our memory
her scales are iridescent opals
they are pearl drops in the moonlight
Seaweeds stroke her body
in the eddies and byways
near the shores of her departure
Sisters and brothers
brush their fins against her gently,
guide her through the currents
to the spirits of our ancestors
as they pass in mighty shoals
swimming through the long time
the days and nights
transcribed by Lynette Arden for the Pond Fish
We had our water changed a couple of days ago. Sasha was allowed to look at the water going back into the pond. We didn’t mind him staring at us. We were excited to have the hose making a jet over the water and love the refreshed feeling.
The weather is hot again. It is supposed to be an Indian Summer, we heard. Summer does not seem to have stopped for a long time. We had some of our pond water changed over a week ago. No one seems to remember exactly when.
The days melt into one another.
The blue umbrella is opened to shelter us. Breakfast was stress free, as the cat stayed indoors. The food bearer told us he had appropriated a chair for himself by throwing out the former occupants.
This is typical cat behaviour, no doubt.
We are pleased for him and hope he stays there.
Meanwhile we swim. Silky water wavers through our fins . . .
The Cat Sasha is always very interested in supervising us at meal times. Princess Aurora wondered why he was so often staring at us when we ate. Our foods are very tiny, mere grains, and could surely not tempt a huge cat like Sasha.
Maybe he thinks he will put us in some kind of order to eat the foods. We would resent that. We do not like any interference in our regular habits. We are capable of eating our foods without supervision.
Now we find that it is his birthday in a couple of days and Lynettea wants us to surprise him with a secret gift. We have not had a gift for our many birthdays. So many birthdays we can count when no-one has given us a gift.
We resent being asked. But we suppose we will comply, as the food bearer has requested it.
When Princess Aurora asked him why he was looking at us, he fobbed her off with a silent stare. Then Lynettea forced him to move away, so she was not able to continue the interview.
The cat has his garden cane basket nearby and we see him at feeding time, when he comes onto the edge of the pond and stares at us. He thinks he can supervise us! As if we need any help. Most of us are far wiser and older than he.