Thursday, July 10, 2014


Tom Sawyer's fallen logs?

First I saw neighbor Mark and neighbor Dan talking near a couple trees that came down a couple years ago. Darrin, who was hired to cut up the fallen trees and haul them off began the job by cutting the trunks into sections about 30" long. Then Darrin got busy with other jobs.

So Mark and Dan were looking at the fallen logs.

Next thing I notice is that neighbor Dan has brought over his splitting axe and wedge. He's splitting one of the big rounds. Mark is nowhere in sight.  (I should have gotten my camera out at that point.)

My first thought was that super salesman Mark had imitated Tom Sawyer, who convinced others to paint the fence he was supposed to whitewash.

However, after a few whacks, Dan was joined by Mark with his own axe and wedge. The two of them began to disassemble to fallen logs. It was such a great show, that I got a beer, found a spot in the shade, and admired the skill and strength of the log splitters.

After a good long while, they wore themselves out and split most of the easily accessible logs. Great work, guys.

The wood pile, though it's not obvious in the photo, is over 4 feet tall.


Sunday, June 22, 2014


It's a quiet little lake

There are good reasons Little Blake is a quiet lake. Here are some of them:

Tell me again, why do people have docks?

Oh, and the pileated woodpecker evidently doesn't work on weekends.

It's quiet and most of us like it that way.


Saturday, June 07, 2014


Bear again

And Jan Sellman saw a bear (the bear?) near their shed very early Friday morning. She said it was huge. It walked down to the lake shore and headed north.  Sorry, no photos.


Sandhill Cranes

We hear these things regularly, but rarely do we see them.

June 7 in the field just east of the east side of Little Blake Lake (along Hunky Dory Road).

After a warm sunny Friday, all we got today was wind and rain. I finally gave up and came home just after noon.

Friday, May 30, 2014


Wonderful and now stuck at home

We opened the cabin last weekend, but we won't make it back this weekend. We did a little cleaning, put in the dock, planted some flowers, and

enjoyed the bloodroot that were blooming in the terrace, the trillium that were decorating the woods, and the marvelous view. I spent a lot of time just looking at the lake and the sky and the trees and the geese and the eagles and the humming birds.


Dean "Skip" Nelson vital stats

Thursday, May 15, 2014


Lake level news

Got this from Gary on Big Blake last night:

I heard this week that the dam has washed out at Sherrards again, this time catastrophically. Apparently the water has gone around the side of the dam now and washed out half the dam.

The DNR has agreed to build a permanent solution but it’s going to cost the lake association $400K or so. Worse they insist that they control the dam and the flow.
Apparently the water levels are down about half a meter or so.

Any other reports?

Thursday, May 08, 2014


Remembrance for Dean "Skip" Nelson

Deborah sent out this invitation for May 15:

If you need the map, I'll post it on request.

Saturday, April 19, 2014


No ice out yet

April 19, 2014

Gary was at Big Blake and noted that it might not be safe for ice fishing, but there's no way get on the water yet.

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