Goldfish Longevity

I was in my back garden enjoying the sun last week, at the same time looking at my fish pond.  Various incarnations of a ‘pond’ have existed in my parents garden for as long as we’ve been living here. First it was a hole in the ground, with some PVC; then it was a crappy little plastic mould, and now it’s a proper brick built thing, with UV filters; aeration units, and underwater lights.  We’ve got a couple of Koi carp and goldfish.  I was thinking to my self, as I sat there, that most of the fish in there are familiar to me, as,  they’ve obviously been mine at some point. My father and I have not added any fish to the pond for ten years; maybe more. There’s a Koi Karp in there; which I bought when I was 11- I’m nearly 29 now; and I’m assuming the fish was at least a year old when I purchased it; so there’s a eighteen year old fish swimming around in there(He’s the one below the white and black fishes). What’s even more interesting is; of the goldfish that are in there;  I can actually  remember acquiring most of them clear as day. The oldest is ‘Walter’.  I won him at the school fair, (or fayre if ye’ are into archaic ways of spelling) when I was six years old. ‘Walter’ went into a goldfish bowl; and for a number of months, he was miserable, just swimming around in circles, and eating his own faeces. My father said that we should put him in the pond, and we did; and he’s still swimming around out there today (he’s the white one above the old Koi) – So that makes him at least 23 years old. Walter the second coming is also in there as well; along with ‘Henry’ and ‘Henry the second’.  What kind of warped kid gives his gold fish names like ‘Henry’ and ‘Walter’?  Curious about how long these fish live; I gave old Google a try; and it turns out; goldfish often reach 30; and the oldest was 43 (the oldest goldfish) So ‘Walter’ and the boys, have got a long way to go before they’ll be famous.

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I’ve been finding myself falling into this routine of riding my bike down to the sea, and sitting there watching the sun set. Before I went away to sea; I used to seldom watch sun sets; don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy them on occasion,  but it’s been an almost nightly occurrence recently.  I guess Meols, on The Wirral attracts me; and it always has due to the yachts down there. Thinking about getting my yacht is pretty much a constant for me; but I had a bit of a word with myself whilst I was down there.  It’s a long way off; and I need to start ticking off other goals that are more short term.  I have a shed load of study that needs to be done for my Merchant Navy studies- I could do with concentrating on my fitness; the list goes on.   It’s time to pull my finger out.

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Still, It’s ace when something you’re attracted to is as pretty as the picture above.  I realised though, that I truly do love being at sea. I love being out there; where the horizon is  oblivious.  When I ride home, I have to ride down lanes like this…

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So, I’m not going to stop riding down there, and sitting there all grumpy and ‘lonely’ – I like it very much.

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