Saturday, July 2, 2011

All Night Party at Our Pond

We have frogs of every sort and size in our lower pond near Dave's machine shop. One sounds like he's laughing, "Yuk, yuk, yuk." Another must be the straight man, "Croooak, croooak." The rest just make crowd noise, "Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit."

Last night they were all loudly voicing their opinions when I went to bed, and they were still at it this morning when I got up. We used to have one that sounded like a guitar with a broken string, "Poink, poink," very deep. He's been among the missing lately; hopefully he just doesn't feel like partying.

Yesterday I mowed a lane up through the hayfield to our upper pond which is gorgeous this year. I don't see as many cattails. A great blue heron took off as I rounded the corner to the pond. They are so beautiful in flight.

We haven't mowed around that pond this year and didn't do much last year, so it's gone back to nature. Must take the DR up to clear some of the brush away. We have bushes with sharp thorns taking over everywhere I don't mow now. They had pretty white flowers, but I've got to get rid of them.

At least part of our holiday weekend will be taken up with beginning to clear away the giant spruce tree that fell in a storm several weeks ago. We had to wait until the ground dried so we could drive the tractor across the yard to load branches on and take them to the burn pile. After a super wet spring, everything is finally dry, so time to get busy.

Our stone wall is completely finished, grass planted, and piles of crushed stone and earth gone! Hurray. I'll get a picture on as soon as possible. Still haven't bought a digital camera - things like auto insurance, homeowners insurance, school taxes, etc. seem to keep getting in the way. :( Such is life.

I hope everyone has a fantastic 4th of July weekend. We'll be attending the big parade in Montrose Monday morning and maybe go down to the Green for some food. Now that we have a wheelchair for Dave, we can wander around to our heart's content. Our old flag was a wreck so we even have a brand new one just in time for the 4th. Happy times everybody!


  1. This sounds so great and blissful! I grew up near a number of ponds, which I miss terribly. It's fun to hear about your own adventures with it all.

  2. We have two small ponds in our neighborhood and one is right by our house, so we hear lots of frogs too. When we first moved in, the sound kept me awake at night, now I hardly notice it. Reading about all the work you have to do makes me tired!

  3. Sounds like you've been busy. Would love to see pictures, the nature photos would be great I bet.

  4. I absolutely must look up some of my older pictures of the ponds and I have some new ones of the stone wall. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have time to post some of those pictures. Thanks for all your comments.