Signs of summer

After a dismally cold and wet June, July is finally shaping up to be more summer-like. Among the encouragingly summerish events and sightings of the past week:

– Georgetown has started hosting a farmers’ market, apparently for the first time. E. and I strolled down there Saturday afternoon. It wasn’t a big affair, maybe half a dozen booths from a couple of local farms, a local bakery, a local restaurant, and some people selling incense and wooden goods. We decided to be generous in our patronage in hopes of encouraging this to keep to going and develop. We got some baked goodies, carrots, beets, a jar of jam, and some barbecue for lunch. It was a delightful stroll in the sunshine and we got some good stuff out of it.

– At the bend in the road where the paving gives way to dirt and Heather Road starts, there has always been a big puddle. Something about the shape of the land there just collects and holds water. While walking by recently, we startled a dozen or so little frogs that when hopping over to the far side of the puddle.

– A couple days ago I lent a hand to the neighbors to help put their dock in the pond. It’s a fairly simple floating affair, secured to a granite block on the shore and with a couple of hollow pvc legs tunked down into the lakebed at the end. A couple of local boys were fishing, and I helped one get his line untangled.

– I’ve started swimming in the pond. It’s a shallow pond and I have to swim my way through weeds to get into open water, but once a little ways out from shore it’s good swimming. Going across the pond to the opposite shore and back makes for a nice bit of exercise before lunch. The water is a little cloudy and the bottom rather mucky, but I’ve been enjoying my swimming nonetheless.

Erik swimming in Rock Pond

Erik swimming in Rock Pond

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One Response to “Signs of summer”

  1. pj Says:

    Good for you for swimming! Are you the only swimmer in the pond? And kudos to the farmers’ market. How nice that you can walk to that, too.

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