Friday evening and Saturday afternoon fishing; and Effieland’s garden

We joined millions of caddisflies at the pond after dinner yesterday, and they were worth the bother of being swarmed by tiny bugs tickling our faces. The fish we aspired to catch love to jump up and catch and eat caddisflies, and they become so excited that they seem eventually to work up an appetite for our pretty enameled steel lures. In a little over an hour, we had each caught four trout–one short of our allowable limits–but it was growing dark. My husband cleans each fish as soon as it’s caught, and puts it in a bag with ice until we get home and put all the cleaned fish into the freezer to await canning.

This afternoon we returned to the pond  after lunch, when no caddisflies were assembled; we caught just two trout each. The twelve from our two fishing outings are now in Mason jars, steaming in the canner.

I was delighted to see that the turtles have just returned to the pond.


Effieland protects Effie from errant dogs, other cats, raccoons, eagles, hawks, coyotes, and cougars (which are rare and we’ve never seen one on our property, though one accosted a man in his barn a few miles away). Effieland also protects our grapes, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, flowers, turnips, and Effie’s catnip.

Effie tiptoes through this Spring’s first flax.

Effieland’s first strawberry blossom of the year

Halvor suns himself outside of Effieland. Effie does not share her space too commendably.

Effie’s catnip grows in a pot on a shelf above her reach. I give her leaves and she lets me hang out with her.



Filed under Action & Being, Animals, Nature, Gardens, Cats, Effie, Fishing, Halvor, Home Life, Photo Galleries, Seasons

9 responses to “Friday evening and Saturday afternoon fishing; and Effieland’s garden

  1. Reblogged this on WELCOME TO CRYSTAL'S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) and commented:
    Interesting Post. Loved The Pictures Especially Of The Turtles. Where Can You Buy The Seeds To Grow Catnip? Is It Available In The States? Shared On LinkedIn.


  2. Your posts make me so happy. There’s the beauty, a beast. Nature. Fish…….and your having to treat the young Effie to be allowed contact with she who has a safe-haven from beasties….. including Halvor. Hilarious. Cheers,H

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Heidi

    Ooooh, turtles <3.


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