I've been helping a friend of my parents for a number of years now do odds and ends around her house.
During my last visit a couple weekends ago she asked me to tackle the moss problem that has begun growing on her garage and porch roofs.
The first two pictures you can see that I sprayed the garage roof with a mixture of bleach and water. I would have preferred more bleach but had to work with what I had.
Her porch roof is really a mossy mess, as you can see. This is on the list for my next visit. I instructed her to pick up four gallons of bleach, which I'll use to his this spot and revisit the garage roof with again.
I've not heard from her since apply so not sure how successful this exercise was. Time will tell. I also cut back a number of branches that were blocking the sunlight from getting through. Hoping this will help too.
We have only two blueberry bushes but boy-o-boy are they loaded with berries this year!
They've been on my list to cover, however, I've not gotten to this page yet...
That being said, and even though I've seen Robins, Catbirds and Cardinals helping themselves there are still plenty. I find myself constantly eating some, as well as our raspberries when I'm out working in the yard. A little energy boost. Too bad Cheez-It's don't grow on bushes!
Akin to the "That's Not a Knife" scene from the 1986 movie Crocodile Dundee, the Frye's were on our own walkabout among the cranberry bogs at the Bass Pro Shop in Foxboro when we were captivated by this huge snapping turtle -
However, this other snapper swam onto the scene and dwarfed our "huge" turtle -
The Frye family was up visiting from Miami a couple weeks ago.
Perhaps, a tradition has begun with as we trekked to Fresh Catch Seafood and Butcher shop in North Attleboro to pick up some delicious steamers and lobsters! The last time visiting we did the same thing. I hope they come up more often, as it's the only time I'm allowed to indulge like this...
I neglected to take a picture but we also purchased a scrumptious New York sirloin steak! Yeah know for the non-seafood, don't-know-what-you're-missing diners.
Almost forgot, we picked up a package of chicken wings too -
This is my fourth summer riding. We typically ride on secondary type roads, often going no faster than 40ish, and seldom in a rush. It's not about getting to the chosen destination for that given ride but rather about the ride itself. These roads are more scenic and the rides are more relaxing and enjoyable. During these ride there have been times we've jumped on the highway for one reason or another, hit speeds upwards of 60ish, but they're few and far between.
Laconic motorcycle week runs from June 10-18, so it was time to hit the highways for the 300+ mile round trip ride and Tuesday 6/18 was the day.
The fastest way to Laconia from Franklin is the highway and off we went!
It was a long day of riding. A somewhat stressful day of highway riding. A satisfying day of riding and one which I'm happy to have experienced and completed.
Our garlic is loving this hot humid weather we've been having!
The garlic scapes seemed to have appeared overnight. I've cut some and brought them to work for coworkers to enjoy, however, there's many many more that need cutting which is on my list for this weekend.
Garlic scapes are the flower buds of the garlic plant. I remove them in late June, now, to encourage and put the effort into the bulbs versus the flower and to thicken them up.
Being a Frye I was taught that tar and flashing will fix just about anything around the house. Therefore, it's no surprise that I have a gallon can of Henry's FlashMaster at my immediate disposal.
This past weekend I pulled out the ladder and up on the roof I went to inspect the flashing and tar where the roof meets the chimney. It's been about ~10 years since we had our roof replaced, so I wasn't surprised to see that the existing tar had dried and there were noticeable cracks already visible.
Before I -
Before II -
With my can of FlashMaster in one hand and a handy putty knife in the other I went to work. Smearing and spreading, smearing and spreading until the old tar and cracks were covered in new and sealed nicely.
While making my lunch this afternoon this hawk, perched atop a post in the backyard, caught my eye. I quickly ran and grabbed the camera hoping to get a pic before she flew off. What I witnessed next was Mother Nature and the circle of life at play.
Clearly, something had her undivided attention. She stayed motionless for what seemed like forever, then all of a sudden she hopped off the post and dropped straight down into the flower bed, talons first. The noise that followed was the distinct, eerie, cry and screech of a rabbit in distress -
She slowly emerged from behind the chives, clearly a hold of something -
She tried to fly off but her spoils were too heavy and she only managed to move a couple four feet. Again she tried, another four feet, this time making it atop the pile of leaves and grass clippings -
There she stayed, for close to twenty minutes, feeding on her lapine. She was eventually driven off, with hare in tow, by a pair of nesting Common Grackles -
Mean while all I had to eat was a can of split pea soup...