February 12, 2011
We interrupt Goat Rope's regularly scheduled programming to announce that fish have finally returned to the creek in front of the house. For a good chunk of the year, that little creek, fed by two smaller ones, is home to a good number of minnows and crawdads.
In the late summer and early fall, as noted in this post from last September, the creek often goes dry. The dryness doesn't last too long but it takes the fish several months to come back. Last fall, we even scooped some out of the remaining puddles and put them in the pond where, if they didn't survive, they'd at least make a nice meal for a snapping turtle or two.
Every day after the autumn dry spell I make a point of checking the creek for fish, and have decreed Fish Day to be a holiday at Goat Rope Farm (here, for example is the official announcement from two years ago, when they didn't arrive until April). The little fellows officially arrived yesterday, on Feb. 11. Here's hoping they stay all year.