I was totally surprised that today turned out to be so nice! I thought we were certain to get rain and possibly hard T-storms, and while the sky looked threatening from time to time, the rain held off and it was very pleasant.
My newly-excavated back lawn has dried out a bit and I was able to explore the perimeters this afternoon without sinking ankle-deep into mud. A few weeks ago, the area was totally off limits - a wasteland of stagnant water pools and scrub trees, marred by the big machine used to harvest the timber a few years ago. The trails we'd walked when we first came here were gone and making new ones was completely impossible without employing more machines to dispose of tree trunks, roots and boughs on the soggy, wet hillside. It is still wet where there are springs, but at least a large portion has now been reclaimed and will benefit wildlife again. I will let the grass grow in large portions, cutting it only once a year in the fall to give cover to ground-nesting birds and other creatures. There are brush piles that will slowly decompose and in the meantime give shelter to other small animals. There have already been visitors investigating the pond. I've picked up bear and raccoon poop, and there was a good clear paw print of what I think it was a fox or a young coyote. Hard to tell. I'm sure there have been other visitors, but my game camera has been giving me all sorts of trouble - first the USB card was set for right protection and then the batteries gave out. Now I think it is operating ok again.
Another couple will be Joe's Pond year 'rounders, but this year they are looking for temporary housing for the winter months. Here's the email I got today from Ray Walker on Channel Drive:
My husband and I are looking for a winter rental on Joe's Pond or
surrounding area. We are not winterized yet at our camp and have been
sidetracked with numerous medical issues with my husband most of the
summer. Do you know of anyone who might be able to rent to us
Thanks in advance.
Ray (Hoar) Walker
If you would be willing to rent your home while you are away this winter, or if you know of a possible rental unit, do contact Ray. He is the Performing Arts Instructor at St. Johnsbury Academy, and can be reached by phone (919) 522-0823 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
That's it for now - I'm hoping to have some wildlife photos to post one of these days - if the game camera is actually operating the way it's supposed to. One more thing that Fred was good at and I am having to learn to deal with!