News From Hillside Manor – Nothing New To Report
April 23, 2012
Well, that’s not completely true.
First of all, the turkeys have disappeared. I heard a gobble way off in the distance the other morning, and that’s been just about it. I tried a little calling, hoping I could at least get a hen to answer, but it was for naught.
That doesn’t mean the Marauder is sitting idle. The area is lousy with invasive, eurasian collared doves. According to the TX regulations, there’s no season and no limit. I’ll be dining on dove before this week is out.
Speaking of shooting birds, Iggy is coming along great. I’ve been taking him down to swim in the Nueces river, and after a fairly slow start, he’s really taken to it. Of course being a black lab in this 90-degree heat, I expect he’s doing it as much for relief as for fun. I know it felt good when I jumped in with him!
The weekend work was largely about maintenance. Since I got the fences up, the neighbor’s goats can’t get in. As a result, the yard and part of the pasture have grown up wild. With the exception of a buffer zone for the fireflies, I’ve been mowing and trimming to get it back under control. The elephants and lions no longer have any place to hide, and have evacuated to parts unknown.