Our Names

The Food Bearer told us we should have names. We already have names, of course, but she doesn’t know them.

‘I will name you!’ she tells us. She doesn’t bother to ask for our names.

‘I will be able to call each of you by name when we have a chat,’ she says. We never have a chat, but we pretend to be pleased. I will photograph each of you and attach your name,’ she says.

We will try to remember these new names but we wonder how long this phase will last. She throws down some food from The Bountiful Supply. The cat is looking disdainfully from his perch.

New Plants for Valentine’s

For a late gift the food bearer gave us some plants. We really wanted milfoil, because we eat it, but there hasn’t been any at the local nursery all season.

The cat didn’t get a Valentine’s gift. He usually gets most of the attention.

Marsilea drummondi and Marsilea costulifera

The food bearer made a video for us.

The Pond 17 February 2021

Fresh Water: We thank the Hose

The food bearer took some of our water and gave it to the plants. It will nourish them, she told us

Then The Hose made a splashing torrent for us, filling up The Pond to its former level.

Thank you, noble Hose. We come up to thank Hose and stare at the food bearer. The lazy cat is still in bed. Then he comes outside. We watch as he attracts the attention of the human. But we are more beautiful.



Still in our temporary pond

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.

We are safe in our temporary pond

The man came and pumped our water with a loud noise like a waterfall.

We were afraid. So we hid

under our slate shelves. Then he pulled out the plants and one slate shelf. We didn’t have much water left. We hid together under the one slate shelf.

Then he put in the nets. We showed how fast we could swim, twisting and turning, but gradually each of us fell into the nets, flailing and splashing. It was horrible whirling through the air. Fish like water. We love water. We breathe water. Water is our life.

Now we are all swimming in a smaller pond. We don’t mind it. The pump is spraying up and we are together with most of our plants.

We wait to see what happens. The human says she hopes to get a new fibreglass lining cast for The Pond.

The video shows our new little pond and The Pond empty.