Today began with a welcome surprise- cooler weather. I managed to work in the yard for nearly two hours and then it began to rain! On the 15th day of June I consider that a bonus indeed.
I’m enjoying the daily blooms and the antics of the local critters. I suppose some folks might be bored by the slow pace of my life, but I find it peaceful and satisfying. I often walk around the yard just to see what is going on and I’m usually rewarded by the appearance of something. The squirrels, rabbits, and even the woodpecker are getting accustomed to my strolls.
In between my walks I’m still working on my books and doing some family research. I guess I am descended from a long line of nature lovers, because I found this piece in the paper today:
June 23, 1933
C. W. Banta has a fish pool well stocked with native fish. They are nesting and hatching multitudes of baby fish. And by the way, he has a unique way of feeding the fish: he suspends the carcass of some small animal (preferably a rabbit) over the water. Blow flies soon fill this carcass with maggots and they are continually falling into the water, furnishing abundance for the fish. Of course this renders the water unfit for bathing and this is to warn the boys that the water is dangerous to bathe in so please keep out until the fish are large enough to keep from getting in the way.
It seems that Great-grandpa was quite resourceful! I'm just not sure I would sacrifice a cute bunny to feed the fish.