Not a Snake

In the last post I had pictures of the “snake” that popped out of the garden. One reader was kind enough to forward me a link to the Eastern Glass lizard and suggested perhaps that was what I found. Sure enough, that’s what it was. Try this site: http://www.wildflorida.com/wildlife/lizards/Eastern_Glass_Lizard.php to get a really great look at it. Thanks for the input.

Filling in
Filling in
Filling cobblestones
Filling cobblestones
extra filler stones
extra filler stones
stone facing
stone facing

These pictures show the deck concrete wrap up work. We poured 8 cobble stone molds which will be cut into individual cobble stones and used to fill in the areas where a whole mold wouldn’t fit. You see those on the tarps down the walkway. Another couple of shots show how those cobble stones are set in place with cement used to fill in the cracks to give it a smooth finish. By our calculation there should be enough cobblestones to get the job done. One pic shows the stone facing on the step. The same slate like rock will be used to pave the top of the step. It took 50 bags, exactly what he bought, to do the cobblestone job. I’m guessing we’ll need another 3-5 bags to do all the misc stone work and fill in the cracks over the whole deck. As you might guess, this is slow going work so probably going to continue at least through the end of the month.

The butternut squash is coming along and was starting to push up on the insect cover so I decided to remove it and spray some BT to kill off the hoards of leaf eating caterpillars sure to come. The plants were seeds 6 weeks ago and there are already several small gourds forming. My experience is that the first few that form will fall off before they mature but ones that form later will hold. My projections are for a harvest starting in November.
Butternut at 6 weeks
We have new neighbors. The last house for sale on the lake is now occupied after about 9 months on the market. We haven’t met them but I do see a bass boat in the yard so maybe I have some competition. Plus, there’s a feared and dreaded jet ski pulled up on their lawn. I may have to break out the torpedo launcher after all. Also seeing kids and kayaks on the lake but not sure if that’s part of the same crowd. They may just be visitors since the kids are definitely school age but swimming and boating mid afternoon.

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