Sweet because we are finally getting some weather that at least slightly resembles spring. Temps are still below normal, but at least we have sun and warmth in the middle of the day.
Proge took the leaf net off and started the little waterfall because the fish were getting active. The water is still clearing but fish are coming up to the surface.
I got out the fish nonwhistles to prepare them for going outside. It's still too cold to be messing around in water, but they will be ready to go out in a few weeks. I call them nonwhistles because I screwed up when I was doing the whistle parts. I forgot to check them before putting them in the kiln. If they don't whistle when I bisque, I can usually correct them. But not if I forget to test them!
I'm getting to the point where I want to start adding holes for ocarinas. I have to look at relative hole sizes on my old recorder. I find the book From Mud to Music by Barry Hall an invaluable resource for clay instruments. What I remember is that the tones will stay relative to each other, although shrinkage will change the key.
After all that about clay fish I had to put in a photo of the real guys. A couple of dollars worth of fingerlings has certainly paid off and brought us much enjoyment. These were supposed to be the trial fish to see if we could manage them. If they keep having babies we may have to give some away! That's a far future worry!
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Enjoy spring, or fall as the case may be.
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