It’s a beautiful day and I got out briefly to take a few pics before going to the store. The trip was necessary because I really need mosquito repellent. I had great plans to mow the lawn before they colonized my property but, as usual, things didn’t work out the way I hoped.
My neighbour lets me use his riding mower – and in fact told me once I could mow everyday if I wanted. I’m not that ambitious, however I appreciate the gift of being able to make use of his equipment. It is, though, rude (in my opinion) to use it in the Spring before he’s had a chance to do his own lawn. In addition, it’s good to feel comfortable that he thinks the mower is in operational shape. Robbie didn’t get a chance to do his yard until early last week and, by the time I went and bought gas, it was Friday before I tackled mine.
The grass was 2 to 3 feet high and full of those miserable bugs. This photo is of the rockweed they call home for most of their time – however, if there’s a thicket of wet grass they flock to it. I managed to clear the lot but was left with piles of freshly mown mosquito homes. They were thoroughly pissed off.
I’ve been trying to rake up the harvest before doing a second cut but they have identified me as the enemy and are making a concerted effort to exact their revenge. I gave up when I realized I wasn’t sweating, it was in fact blood pouring down my face and arms. Gawd I hate those things.
Anyway, I’ll try bathing in chemicals this morning and get the job done. This should silence those who feel I’ve been negligent in my duties to the neighbourhood. I do, after all, live to make them happy. 🙂
On a positive note I woke this morning to the scent of lilacs from the tree outside my window. The crop around the Island is not as bountiful as it has been because of a really late frost. You can see the impact it had on one of the wild roses and buds were killed on many of the flowering trees. Still, those blossoms which have survived are heavily scented.
Another piece of good news involves those sonic mouse boxes I installed all over the house. It’s the wrong time of year to be able to say they have any effect on rodents but they may be working on the local insects.
I don’t want to jinx it, however there are (as yet) no flies or mosquitoes in the house. If this keeps up then they will have been well worth it. I’ll let Ciaran deal with any mice which may decide to ignore them. 🙂