Tom Seymour                                                                                              August 8, 2019

194 East Waldo Road                                                                         Approx. 1,000 words

Waldo, ME 04915

(207) 338-9746



Thank goodness for last week’s heavy rain. Gardens were bone-dry and roads were so dry that passing vehicles threw up impenetrable dust clouds. I often must wait several minutes for the dust to settle before pulling out of my driveway. The rain has, at least for now, solved those problems.

Taxman cometh

It’s not too soon to begin putting money aside for property taxes. Bills should be coming out in the not-too-distant future. It can be difficult for some, myself included, to come up with a large sum of money all at once, so saving toward it makes the pain easier to bear.

Summer complaints

A trip to Rockport the other day was a real eye-opener. I took the back road to Lincolnville Beach in order to avoid Route 1 traffic. I needed to take photos of the beach for an upcoming article. Usually the drive from there to Camden isn’t too bad, but this time it was a real nightmare.

Immediately upon heading down the highway I got behind an endless line of stopped traffic. This began just south of Lincolnville Beach and continued all the way to Camden. Never in my life have I experienced such frustration. It was stop-and-go all the way, mostly stop.

Once in Camden I took an alternate route to Rockport, but even on the side streets, it was a madhouse, with people cutting in front of others, parking well out in the road and blocking traffic and other such craziness. By the time I reached the shop in Rockport my nerves were frazzled. To make it worse, the place didn’t have what I went there for.

I finally arrived back home in Waldo, blood pressure sky-high and shaking. Never, ever, again, will I attempt to drive that section of Route 1 in summer. Which brings up a happy note. Labor Day, my favorite holiday, draws nigh and with it, a marked decrease in traffic.

In the garden

Sometimes vegetable gardening sees feast-or-famine conditions. Much of my produce is ripe and needs canning and/or freezing. And right now I’m consumed with other business, making it difficult to take time for preserving my homegrown veggies.

Some plants, though, remain behind schedule because of the recent cold, wet spring. Cucumbers, tomatoes and summer squash all appear to be about two weeks behind. They’ll catch up, though. I suspect that many others are in the same predicament.

Meanwhile, I’ve been enjoying 100% homegrown meals, with my own vegetables and fresh-caught fish. For my simple taste, it doesn’t get any better than this. These are the things to look back upon once the long winter sets in.

Perchin’ prediction

White perch have formed huge schools now and bite like mad. For big ones, use live minnows. I prefer golden shiners, but any legal baitfish will do.

I went perchin’ this past week with my new neighbor David Putnam. We hit the fish just right and some of these beauties measured nearly 16 inches, huge for white perch.

Meanwhile, I’m once again headed to Moosehead Lake, which to me is the center of the universe, to quote Moosehead region guide, Bob Lawrence. Togue, salmon and perhaps even brook trout are the target species.

Weekly quote

With the change of season coming soon, it’s time to revisit this quote. “Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat.” – Author unknown