before the freeze

The last of the open water.

Very fine day. My hound is feeling better. Lisa and I took one last look at the lake. Marvelling at the still water open before the freeze. Later we headed for the mountains, throwing the truck into four wheel drive.

Willow caught on the wrong side of a fight. A Penrose drain and some antibiotics needed to make her feel better.
A curious bird.

I offered Scarlett and Copper $5 each if they could find a bird in their guide book. It made me feel good they found the American Dipper and damn near got in a fight about who would hold the book for the picture.

Scarlett and Cooper making their old grandpa happy.

It cleared as much as it does in November. Jake climbed a tree in his between fall and winter boots. A true swinger of birches. The sun was down by 4:30 and dark by 6.

The fire is on. My arms remain strong. Plenty of wood needs splitting. A good day rouses me as much as a bad, when it doesn’t I’ll have to take a good long look.

11 thoughts on “before the freeze

    1. underswansea

      Thank you Larry. Willow had her tubes out today and seems fine and raring to go. A few weeks before I sent a bird bird pic to my Grandkids with instructions to look it up in the book. According to his Mom, Cooper said, “I don’t need the book, that’s a Bald Eagle!”
      I am trying to ‘up my game’ and throw in some buntings, finches and grosbeaks. Take care out there on the East Coast, 5 feet of snow can hit at anytime. Bob

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    1. underswansea

      Hi Carol, thank you for your comment. Willow is doing much better. She had her drains out today and seems to be raring to go. Take care good friend and batten down the hatches for the snow that flies from Superior. Bob

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  1. mountaincoward

    Very rare we ever see water here so still – it’s nearly always windy to some degree – that’s why I can’t understand why we don’t have more wind farms!

    Poor Willow – she looks sorry for herself! Hope she’s better soon…

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    1. underswansea

      Willow is feeling a lot better. She had her drains out today. The lake is rarely so still here either. . . it’s usually covered in rich tourists churning it up with motorboats. That’s why I like this time of year. 🙂 Take care.

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      1. mountaincoward

        That made me laugh (although it’s not funny for you of course). Our English Lake District had the sense to ban powerboats (or anything even remotely quick) from all our lakes except one (Windermere actually). There used to be water skiiers and all sorts on the lakes but they’re much quieter now. You can hire a low powered cruiser on some lakes but most are canoes/kayaks and rowing boats (my preferred mode of transport on water).

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      2. underswansea

        It was good sense to not allow powerboats on the lakes. That will never happen here. A matter of fact, they are planning more boat mooring docks around the lake. For your information our Lake Windermere was named by English settlers because it reminded them of Lake Windermere in England.

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    1. underswansea

      Hi Julie, yes Cooper and Scarlett are getting big. Lisa and I were lucky to have spent this weekend with them. Willow is doing much better. She was picked up by the scruff of the neck by a bigger dog and given a furious shake. It was a chore getting the other dogs jaws unclamped from her neck. Wishing you and Andrew a great summer.

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