Four weeks ago I arrived in Japan and spent the first few days with completely disrupted sleep due to jetlag.  Having traveled from Japan to America, with a time difference of 15 hours, I’m now faced with exact same scenario again.

I awoke at 2am Tuesday morning, having been in bed just a few hours, to see the news that Donald Trump had won the US presidential race.  A few minutes later my phone rang and it was an automated fraud prevention call from my bank.  Next I received a message from the company that hosts my webserver telling me there were problems.  2.30am and I was wide awake with little or no prospect of returning to sleep.

Via McDonalds for breakfast I arrived at Purdin Koi Farm at around 6.45am, just as dawn was breaking, it was a little damp and overcast but I was excited about being able to fly the drone over the farm, having previously captured some aerial shots last year – http://nishikigoi.life/2015/11/27/purdin-koi-farm-from-the-air/.

Purdin Koi Farm - 9th November 2016

Purdin Koi Farm – 9th November 2016

Purdin Koi Farm - 9th November 2016

Purdin Koi Farm – 9th November 2016

Purdin Koi Farm - 9th November 2016

Purdin Koi Farm – 9th November 2016

As you can see, the mud ponds are now empty, the fry they have have housed over summer not harvested. They will be the subject of other posts over the course of the duration of my trip.

Bill and Maureen arrived around 7.30am, followed shortly by Scott with whom I chewed the fat so to speak whilst looking at some of the freshly harvested nisai that were originally featured here on Nishikigoi.Life on my previous 2 visits to Purdin – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/03/21/purdin-koi-farm-tosai-revisited-4-months/ and http://nishikigoi.life/2016/03/24/purdin-koi-farm-tosai/.

The main task of the day was to harvest some male Koi that had beeen grown in one of the large concrete ponds at the farm, nisai through to 5 year olds, many future potential parent Koi.


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One Koi of particular interest to me was a Goshiki that I had acquired in November last year as a 6-7 month old tosai.  I acquired her after a little bet with Bill last year regarding English footballer Teddy Sheringham and hence the Koi became nicknamed ‘Teddy’.  ‘Teddy’ also appropriate to his name turned out to be a male Koi.

The pictures below show ‘Teddy’ in November 2015 on the left, and March 2016 on the right.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

The concrete pond was drained to around 8-10 inches of water and Bill entered with pan net and paddling pool to start netting the Koi.  By chance the first Koi he encountered was ‘Teddy’, and I have to say he looked pretty good from my vantage point on the wall 2m above.

Bill nets 'Teddy'

Bill nets ‘Teddy’

A male Kohaku is netted

A male Kohaku is netted

Some really interesting males were netted from the pond, including some nisai that we featured previously as tosai.  Over the course of the coming week we’ll pull some of them out of the smaller indoor pond they are in to photograph them and then I’ll post further.

After my first visit to Purdin last November I wrote a piece about meeting Scott Purdin for the first time – http://nishikigoi.life/2015/11/30/visit-to-purdin-koi-farm-meeting-scott/ – in which I stated Scott was a very passionate Koi person.

Scott is a wealthy, and busy, guy who could employ people to do every task on the Koi farm he owns which he concentrated on other interests.  However, that’s not Scott!  Whilst Bill and Maureen run the farm day to day Scott has an active involvement at all stages, even stripping to his boxer shorts and entering the pond bare foot to net some of the male Koi with Bill.


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Scott carry a Koi in sock net to the pool

Scott carry a Koi in sock net to the pool

As I said earlier, we’ll revisit some of the Koi harvested, and discuss how they might fit into future breeding at Purdin over the coming week or so.

In the meantime here is Teddy as harvested yesterday, as I recall 43cm, although I need to double check that.

'Teddy' - nisai male Goshiki

‘Teddy’ – nisai male Goshiki

 


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