By this last Tuesday we reached a milestone in the year cycle of my garden. Everything was planted. There were no seeds or plants waiting to go in. Everything had been weeded at least once. Now all I have to do is water and wait for plants to grow.
The past few days have been quite rainy so I didn’t even need to water the gardens.. On Thursday the wind and rain blew hard and steadily. Friday was fairly nice and sunny. Then on Saturday the rain started in again. Today it has been dark and rainy all day. I think tomorrow it will clear up and we will have some good weather. Meanwhile the rain has caused everything in my garden to pop up. My onion sets grew 4 inches. All we need now is some sunshine to help them grow.
Fishing had been really good. The guides have caught several large walleyes. After taking a picture these big fish are returned to the water so they can breed another year. The guides hold them in the water and massage them until the fish is ready to swim off. Really and honestly those 2-3 pound walleyes are much better for eating.
Bass have been going up onto the beds. Then they really are little hungrier and are fun to catch. Lake trout are still in relatively shallow water and biting well. We have even seen a few northern come it. Northerns eat very well but most people don’t like them because of the y-bones that run down the fillets. The guides fillet the fish and then cut the fillets into long strips. The middle strip has all the y-bones and is thrown away. The other two strips are cut into bit size pieces. They fry up nicely and it is like eating popcorn – once you start, you can’t stop until they are all gone.
April has been overwhelmed lately with boxes of gifts coming in for the trading post in the lodge. Counting, pricing, and arranging everything is a huge job. Of course, Shannon is there to help with the work. Shannon and Marilyn also take up a lot of the telephone answering. Dave is there to help with everything but it keeps all four of them busy. There is not a lot of slack time at the front desk.
Our new summer staff is coming in steadily. Each and every one of them is welcomed with open arms. We have been operating with not quite as many workers as is comfortable. When the new ones come, it always takes time to train them but it sure is good to get a little more help.
All the summer activities – horseback rides, canopy tours, fishing, canoe trips, etc. are in full swing right now. But most of all we have an influx of kids who have dreamed about endless hot chocolate all winter long. Cookies are also high on the list. I saw a boy once with four coolies stacked together. He was just taking a bit down all four of them at one time.
BREAKING NEWS: On the way to the lodge tonight we saw our first momma partridge with what looks like a brand new brood of chicks.