All Is Quiet.
Posted: 9th Jan 2015
Happy New Year to all and I hope you enjoyed the festive period and had chance to put your feet up!
We have had a quiet, relaxing Christmas with plenty of good food & wine and a nice warm log fire to keep us all warm. I have been plodding more this winter instead of working at warp speed, with no major works to be completed I'm cutting and burning overgrown vegetation and trees around the pegs and banks and will resurface the paths and pegs before we open.
I have wanted to drain a couple of the stockponds this winter, but it's been so wet and mild for the second winter on the trot I will have to wait until we have a dry spell and the water table starts to drop. With so much water around, forcing the water table to it's highest level it's pushing so much spring water through the ponds its just futile to even attempt.
We have had a few cold days which have put a thin covering of ice over the lakes, but the following day the wet mild weather moves in from the west thawing the ice very quickly allowing me to continue with the feeding program.
I have been updating my FB page with pics which I have taken from a mobile camera fixed down at the lake. I have been moving them around and getting some great pics and footage of a huge array of animals which I have been posting of late. Below is a pic of the greatest fisherman of all, The Grey Heron, He has passed the camera on numerous occaisions but because of his height most of the shots his head is cut off, so this is one of the better pics I have so far.
Apart from the general upkeep of the fishery we are planning ahead for this season. A lot of fisheries had a weed issue through 2014 including ourselves, so I will use a colour dye this spring to prevent the same issue arising. My gut instinct tells me with the weather being so mild the weed will have another head start this spring so it will be vitial we have measures inplace to prevent this again. The dye will turn the lake a aqua blue colour for the first part of the spring, but the lakes already have a slight blue colouration because of the alkaline water so it will not make a huge difference and will not effect the fish in anyway with it only being a dye agent and not a harsh chemical.
Well lets hope for a little more sunshine over the next month and we can make good headway with our plans.
Over & Out