Thursday I looked up and this doe was standing on the edge of the walk
way giving me the once over. I've seen her before with her two
Saturday I caught several of these young bass while fishing for
But no luck with crappie.
This is one of the restored homes in Leaper's Fork I toured with a
of Historic Preservationists. I got to go on a scholarship or
This grand old mansion in Spring Hill was the last stop on our
They served beaten biscuits with country ham and mint julips.
Finally caught a few crappie at Percy Priest. It's been slow.
Here I am in front of our favorite little Mexican eatery on Gallatin
The menu is on the wall in Spanish and better be careful what you ask
Only drawback is the Mexican Soap Operas that are usually playing on
First week in November and I finally found some little chayote fruits
all the mass of leaves. I was afraid I wouldn't get any with
so near, but Milwant said they would be all right until we got a really
bad frost because the leaves would shelter the fruit.
This giant plant is actually three all growing up the same
I think maybe that accounts for the low production of fruits. Too
much competition for sun.
This is my best eggplant. Got three or four others that I had to
pull before they got half this size since the frost was due that
All in all a poor crop.
I was surprized and pleased by the sweet potatoes. They did
well considering I planted corn, beans, and okra on each hill.
make that mistake again. But we got a really nice harvest and
be still eating them at Christmas.
Here they are all washed up and drying. Some were really
You can also see some regular potatoes on the top row. They were
growing back from the ones I missed when I harvested the earlier plants.
Our first chayote and what a whopper. It's in the bowl with some
turnips and radishes I got at Milwant's patch. I also brought
a large batch of mixed greens, turnips, mustard, and collards.
Another small catch, but they are good size, so enough for us to
Another cold morning with mist rising from the pond at SB.
Mid November and a good harvest of Christmas Lima Beans.
The lady bugs really like this clematis. Must be full of
They are eating like crazy to fatten up for the winter.
The Heavenly Blue Morning Glories are really showing their class.
In the morning and evening the morning glories cover the arch.
when it's really cloudy they stay open all day.
The mallards are back on the pond at SB. Passing through mostly.
They also like the high water among the trees back in the sloughs.
This pair of hawks was doing fancy dives and circles, so I guess they
They ended up not too far away, but far enough so I couldn't tell what
October 31 and the lake at Fall Creek was low and cold. This nice
oriental fisherman helped me get my boat in and out.
So when I got lucky and caught 5 or six nice crappie I gave them to
Forgot to take a photo until they were in his bucket. Oh well.
Cold as it was, this young hispanic fellow was casting for fish in the
shallows. His wife and baby were out there too to get the catch
put it into the bucket she is carrying. Brrrrr....made me colder
I spend several days at Ed's farm trying to get a Thanksgiving turkey,
but never saw one. After the hundreds I saw last year this was
a let down. I even climbed all the way up to the ridge and walked
Whenever I got a fairly clear view I stopped and studied the fields
my binoculars, but still no turkeys. The blue on the right is one
of the farm ponds. It was almost as hard, and much more
climbing down as going up.
That's the last of our Swiss Chard, eggplants, tomatoes, chayotes, and
Here is why I spend so much time and energy on the garden. I
I'd rather have a bowl of lima beans than a juicy steak.
Out in the slough at SB I saw this fungus reflected in the water.
December 12th on the ramp at Percy Priest. Normally, the water
be half way up the ramp. It has been half way up the post on the
After all the rain early in November we got a long spell of cold and
weather which put one of the attractors I usually fish out of
You can see where the long marker is stained brown which marks the
Once more my hopes for crappie were dashed. At least a few young
bass were in a sporting mood and kept me from getting completely
This blue heron looks like he is having as little luck as I am.
Lots of gulls sitting on the water and flying about. They are a
company for me. Otherwise I had this part of the lake to myself.
December 15 and this diver duck is the lone visitor to the SB pond.
These mallards preferred the shallow water in the flooded woods.
This buck leaped across the walkway in front of me, but turned to watch
me when he felt he was far enough away.
Then another buck came up to stare just behind him. Great day at
December 18th was our 45th wedding anniversary and we celebrated it at
the Alliance Francoise Christmas Party. The entertainment was
December 21, last day of fall, and the fog was heavy and wet at
Winter is coming and it will be too cold to get out some days.
on the bright side, the days are now getting longer. Hot
Can't wait for Spring!