Thursday, 10 July 2014
The goldfish are thriving. The largest has grown from 3" to about 9" in the two years since I got them. Until a few days ago when David was here I had never seen a seagull try to take one. Then one evening a Black-backed Gull flew into the pond, attempted to get one (but got a beak full of pondweed instead) and flew off: all within a few seconds. David was in the study and I was in the kitchen. We both raced out. We immediately erected a rough and ready defence-against-the-maurauding-gulls contraption. It's still there and still deterring the enemy who makes constant forays to see if he can get at the fish. So my next challenge is to see if I can find an acceptable deterrent which doesn't spoil my enjoyment of the pond and rockery but keeps the fish safe.
I would perhaps understand a bit better and be more sympathetic to the seagull if there wasn't plentiful stocks of sand eels down in the bay a hundred metres away.
Can I just add that the beautiful weather we've had the last few days has kept me from Blogland during the day and the fact that the internet has been down a lot and I've had visitors has kept me off in the evening and first thing in the morning. It's a hard life. My new bed has arrived though and is ready for occupation tonight so perhaps tomorrow......