As Fourth of July approaches, our dock takes on a more summer appearance. The buoys marking out the swimming area are now up. Of course the swimming beach has to share with the flocks our newly hatched mallard ducks. We must have about 5 different flocks. The only way to tell them apart is by their size. Since there are still fully grown male mallards around, there must be more flocks waiting to be hatched. By the end of August we will have about 50-75 ducks around. They are so used to eating corn that you can feed them from your hand.
My garden is also getting bigger. Although still small, tender lettuce is ready for harvesting. Parsley is fully grown and ready for plates in the dining room. Chives are full of purple flowers. They also look great on our dining room plates. We have 2 tomatoes that are about 2 inches in diameter. There seems to be a good blend between rain and sunshine for a garden this summer. Keep your fingers crossed that it continues.
From around the Bearskin Road on up the Gunflint Trail, it should all be called Lupine Lane. The lupines are out in full bloom and just marvelous to see. But don’t forget all the other wild flowers that line the road. We have yellow hawkweed, red hawkweed, white Shasta daisies and yellow buttercups. It really makes for a lovely roadside as you drive up the Gunflint Trail.
The past few days the patio tables have been full for lunches and dinners. Today we will entertain the North Shore Healthcare Foundation for their annual fund raiser. With 50-60 extra people coming for the BBQ, it would be nice to have a gorgeous sunshine day. Right now it is raining out so keep your fingers crossed for a little sunshine later in the day. At about 3:00 Don will consult the weather forecasts and radar maps to decide if the BBQ will be inside or outside. Getting caught serving outside when rain starts to come down can be a difficult adjustment.
Friday Lee and Eva arrive with Grant and Mae. Things will be a little more lively in the house for the week they are here. Then like all grandparents we will spend the next week catching up on our sleep and getting into our usual routine. Our friends Ron and Pat Malina will visit with their son James and his family for a few days next. The month ends when Robert, Miranda and Zach and Nick and Sandy spend a week with us.
During the months of July and August we will be overwhelmed with old guests at the lodge and with families of all sizes. It is always fun to see everyone. Of course, during those two months we go through more cookies than at any other time of the year. One day alone last year we went through almost 300 cookies. I remember watching a teenage boy stack four cookies and then carefully bite down all four of them at once. All the joys of summer!