Mud Lake in Winter

Mud Lake in Winter

Saturday, November 4, 2017


Snow, and the beginnings of ice on the lake, have made themselves known. It looks like the thin snow cover is going to last the season.  Chances of a melt off are slim.  Ice has been seen around the short of Mud Lake.  It is thin, and it changes by the day, but it is likely to stay.

The geese and two swans have been hanging out on the lake.  No big fly off yet by the geese.  The swans are only current visitors here as they must be on the river over winter to  be in open water.

There are no signs of the beaver.  Beave cut a tree down or two, but action in harvesting the load has been nil.The smelly stuff obtained to deter him from the trees close to the dock zone has remained unused.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Tamarack Towers

Now after its third year on the property, the open in  the year tamarack tree is growing like wild.  It is a genuine Department of Natural Resources seedling, and this year it just shot up.  Most of them are still down in the 1-2 foot range.  Daisy approves.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Sunny Fall Continues

The leaves are listed as “past peak.,” but they still look pretty good.  We are they trees in the right half of the right picture.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Beaver Attack!

Having not seen the beaver in Mud Lake since he swam by me a coup-le years ago, we note he is still here.  A tee on the neighbors suddenly hot the deck over night.  The base bears the telltale gnawing marks of the beave.  And I used his Ipana toothpaste as a kid and now he steals the trees.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Itasca Leaves

We made the annual leaf viewing trip to Itasca State Park.  The park did not disappoint.  While some of those special trees that just delight with color seemed missing this year, the general view of of bright, yellow in its many shades.


Monday, September 18, 2017

An Abundant Harvest

The garden has been productive this year.  The netting has kept our deer friends away with great success.  The tomato crop and the beans both have been super.  The peppers are giant.  And the potatoes have been wonderful.  Note the Kennebec in the photo.  Sue dug up just three plants and we thought we got five pounds.


Then there were the peppers…

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Dry Summer


It has been awhile.  We have been busy with the now seemingly usual work of summer.  The trees have been holding up.  We lost a couple to some tree service people, basically cleaning up to remnants of last summer.  The leaners that failed to fall enough got themselves cleaned up and a few giant branches that stayed attached and growing had to come down.  Experts who climb trees to cut took care of these.

The first section of the dock go new wood.  The patio had a spot wood repair.  The garden is growing like mad.

I almost picked up a foot long turtle by its head today.  Thought it was a dead water lily leaf under water, but nooooo.  I was about to grab when something caused my mind to stop.  It turned a swam away and I headed out of the water to look from the dock.