Summer is on the wane.
A pleasant day today. A cool moonlit start.
A nice breakfast of scrambled eggs, orange
juice, garlic, zucchini bread and tea.
Off to my garden early via bike. A mile or
Cut some oats, garlic and mint. Wheel
barrowed 7 loads of compost and wood chips.
Top dressed sections and planted with
a late crop of oats.
Harvested some tomatoes, sqaush and
After, about three hours of good work
headed for home before the sun rose
too high in the sky.
A nice lunch of three tomato, garlic
and swiss cheese sandwiches on dark
bread. A couple of mugs of Barry's
Tea with milk and honey.
Mick and Paddy lay in the back
garden grass, sunbathing for about 15
minutes, as they do on most days.
Drank a bottle of Saranac Octoberfest
beer. It was brewed only a month prior
by the FX Matts Brewey in Utica about
80 miles West of Albany.
FX Matts is celebrating their 125th
year in brewing. The grandsons carry
on the brewery which their grandfather
began after emigrating from Bavaria to
Utica. He brought his old recipes with
The beer is brewed in the old world
way - no artificial carbonation as with
most American beers.
I visited the brewery many years ago.
Very impressive. They use barley from
Montana and a variety of hops from
Europe and the Pacific NorthWest.
Mick and Paddy took Margaret and me
for a ramble around Buckingham Pond
Jack and Carl and the summer help are
keeping the park in pretty good shape.
The City has raised the pond water level
and treated the water to ward off the
algae blooms that were worse in the
past few years.
The grass along the paths is kept cut
short to minimize pedestrians and their
pets picking up ticks along the way.
The South side of the pond park
around the foot of Lenox at Berkshire
still has a number of problems that
1. Dead trees and limbs overhang
the pathway - posing a hazard
to passersby on windy days.
2. Boulders or a guard rail still
are lacking above the pathway
below the foot of Lenox. A
car failing to make the turn
and going straight ahead would
drop down on the pathway
below. Not good for the driver
and anyone on the path below.
3. The Japanese Knotweed still
has not been eradicated. It will
infest the park and residential
lots accros the street - if not
dealt with now.