Tulips and daffodils Saturday, Apr 27 2013 

It is glorious weather here, those of us who are gardeners are eying the water level,* on the other hand, a perfect day for a local celebration on a small town green, which I just got back from…always there is a trade-off. Below are two pictures which are good examples of today here. The daffodils are our mystery daffodils. Many years ago they were down by the pond (and there are still thousands down there) but being overcrowded and shaded they didn’t bloom. Well, I should clarify, only a few ‘poeticus’ bloomed, Nothing else. Now I have a fondness for the poeticus type, and so my Mom and I dug a bushel basket or two (including some that were blooming at the time) and she planted them on the bank. What appears the next year? Hundreds of classic yellow trumpets and nary a white poeticus in sight. ?
The tulips are very classic with true black markings inside, but of course I can’t recall their name…
*If gardeners had an icon it would be Goldilocks.

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Frog Eggs! Wednesday, Apr 17 2013 

We had been a little puzzled the other day, as we didn’t see many frog eggs down in the ponds. I, personally, suspected the three wood ducks that have been hanging around (note to Jamie: they came back after the chainsaw yesterday, I presume they will come back after walking past on the way to get in some practice today)
Well, I don’t know where those eggs were yesterday…but my goodness there are a lot in the little ponds today! Hopefully, the water levels will stay up in those areas, because there aren’t many eggs in the main pond (I still suspect the ducks). However, those little ponds do behave like vernal pools, so the race is on! The main pond, being spring feed and impounded, does not dry out. Or at least, in my opinion, since it didn’t last year, it won’t this year.

Accurate dates or miscellany Monday, Mar 4 2013 

Letters are so useful!

Julie’s pond was definitely dug in the summer of 1874.  The pond today, taken on the winter solstice at sunset.  A few more trees, but a good job on the dam.  It has had to be repaired, but only the once back in 2011.  And considering the size of the embankment, that is no mean feat.  The drop on the far side of the bank in this view is about 12 feet.

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Don’t Fall In Thursday, Dec 6 2012 

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Julie’s Pond, on a foggy day; yes it is a flipped reflection!

November roads Sunday, Dec 2 2012 

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Taken down by Julie’s pond.

People are Weird Friday, Nov 9 2012 

This is the only conclusion reachable from the discovery that someone absconded with a hay bale.  You’re going, ‘eh??’. The hay bales in question, a dozen, were placed along the lane next to Julie’s pond in order to forestall any possible damage before the hurricane.*  Last year, Irene washed the lane out and nearly dumped the entire thing in the pond, requiring frantic efforts with hand tools during the storm; we wished to avoid this with Sandy.  As it turned out, the town’s gradient on the lane was correct for once and it didn’t wash.  In any case, the hay bales in question were staked down, solidly and in line.**  Removing one from the middle of the line would take Effort.

…so….you got it.  Someone, for reasons known to themselves, walked (drove) off with one from the middle of the line.  Leaving the rest untouched, and the stake neatly back in position surrounded by an invisible bale..  I’d point out, to take that particular bale also required hopping the ditch and moving a log, it might have been the hardest one to grab…  I could only laugh. 

* the lane is a dirt road, the first 1500 feet are a steep pitch, aimed almost directly at the bend.  At the pond it curves off hard along the slope of the hill.  None of the water from the lane should actually flow into the pond’s system.

**I know they were solidly staked, I didn’t do the staking having smashed my finger that morning so I supervised, but I Know they were staked.

Critters! Saturday, Oct 20 2012 

I am not totally sure that I like tadpoles with bodies nearly as big as golf balls….  The pond was absolutely swarming with them, in the shallow sunny section near the dam.  I’d estimate one to the inch quite confidently, over a 20 foot by 3 foot section. They ranged in size from the expected tadpole size to the aforementioned golf ball size.  Why we have fall tadpoles, I am not sure.  It says good things about the water quality, even better things can be said about the sighting of a Yellow-spotted black salamander happily swimming in a shallow section.

skittish critters though, I think something must be hunting them; they would react to the slightest shadow or vibration.

Fallen Giants Sunday, Oct 14 2012 

This old maple has since rolled over, but there is something wonderfully animalistic about the trunk here…

a bit of size perspective, one could duck and walk under the arch.

Don’t Fall in II Sunday, Oct 7 2012 

Don’t Fall In Monday, Oct 1 2012 

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