Saturday, September 24, 2016



I didn't take the time to get the bird identification book out, so I'm not sure which type of swans these are, but it's such a treat to see some on the lake again. They're probably just migrating through, but they're as regal as ever.

23 September 2016

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Sunday, August 14, 2016


A house-sized bee (hornet?) hive

A week ago, I noticed a flock of little bees or hornets swarming around the front of the cabin. They were crawling into the wall through a gap in the siding (replaced siding didn't quite match the old siding).

Insecticide and some caulk was applied. A week later there are a few of the critters still around and some gaps in the caulking.

Oh, good, some more work to do so we don't have a wall full of hornets (or bees).


Strange car in the neighborhood

An unusual car appeared in the woods. Waiting for details.


An alternative to Delta

The Blake Lakes Airline expanded to a new port on the west side of Little Blake yesterday. However, judging from the take offs and landings, the airline might want to consider a slightly smaller plane for regular service.

Monday, July 18, 2016


Musical weekend

Our weekend was punctuated with the pleadings of a juvenile eagle in a front yard tree. The parents flew by once in awhile, but it's weaning time, so the message is "Feed yourself, kid."

For such a big bird, it's hard to see even when it's noisy.

We had other avian singers too. A couple loons were noisy on the lake. An owl was noisy in the woods near dark. A pileated woodpecker was attacking a dead tree and bragging about it. And, from up the hill, the sandhill cranes were loud.

And what wonderful weather.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016


Photos from last week

Didn't get back to the lake this weekend. Great memories, though, of last week.

Saturday, April 30, 2016



As I was finishing up the last message, I notice that 17 people from Brazil looked at this web page in the last week. Deborah, are you down in the islands using a Brazilian web host?


Progress on the Big Blake dam

If you're curious about rebuilding the dam at the north end of Big Blake (and you should be), check the web site for  
The Blake Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District.

Details on the dam project are on the 
"News" page.

District map.  You'll notice that Little Blake Lake residences are just outside the boundary of the Blake Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District. That means that property on Little Blake won't be assessed for the cost of the dam or weed removal, but it also means that those of us on Little Blake won't benefit from the weed removal or have a voice in making decisions about how Little Blake is affected by the dam and other policies.

If you're interested more than that, the Spring Meeting is on May 21, 9:00am at Georgetown Lutheran Church.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015


Help wanted

A year and a half ago, a nasty tree branch (or two) descended on our roof and rain gutter. The southern 20' of the gutter was bent in two places and the end was bent off.

And the brackets were bent so the intended drainage to the north end doesn't work. Most of the gutter now drains to the south, where there's no downspout and no end cap.

We need help. Someone who can bring in a new 20' section and re-hang the gutter to drain properly (or add a downspout on the south end).

We waited patiently (with a couple phone calls) for promised help.

If you want the job or know someone who might, leave a comment here or email me at Little.Blake.Lake at     Spring is soon enough, but fall is okay too.




Lost opportunities; new changes

Well, I haven't posted much here this summer. Vacation in Wyoming and blowing out my knee took a couple months out of summer at the lake.

We still had to show up once in October to close things down. The signs of fall were all around us.

The hostas looked like they had laid down for a long winter's nap.

The last of the coneflowers (Echinacea) looked pretty bedraggled.

The little oak volunteer turned a great shade of red.

A brave?/foolish? clover flower hid out in a protected corner of one of Larry's beds.

A few salvia blossoms hung on to bare branches long after the hummers had gone.

All the aluminum "stuff" along the shore appears to have retreated from the water. Good thing there's no tide on the lake.

And the crew from LSU piled the rusty deck chairs on the lakeside deck. Do they need such treatment any more? It's more likely they could use a wire brush and some rustproof paint. Next summer?

Hope to see things in April.


Monday, June 29, 2015


Rain and beauty

Rain, yes. A couple good showers. But not the 2" we got at home.

And after the rain, some wonderful clouds.

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