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By Tom Seymour | Nov 02, 2019


Taking the Back Brooks Road home, I was surprised to see that the heavy rains of the past week or so have taken a heavy toll. Pothole after pothole dictated that vehicles weave a circuitous path through the front-end-breaking hazards.

By comparison, East Waldo Road stands in far better shape. Yes, we have plenty of potholes, but nowhere near as many as the Back Brooks Road. Usually this is the other way around. But hey, I’m not complaining.

Pa’tridge prediction

The only shot I heard last Saturday, the first day of open-firearm season on deer, came from my own firearm. But I wasn’t shooting at a deer. Instead, a flock of wild turkeys walked past my place and, acting as quickly as possible, I loaded my shotgun and ran outside. The flock immediately flew and ran in all directions. But one hen lagged behind and so fell to one, well-placed shot.

With the onset of colder weather, it’s certain that deer will become more active and Waldo hunters will probably do well this season. There are lots of deer out there and all we need is a bit of skill and not a little luck.

As an aside, neighbor Richard Gordon reports a black bear sow and one cub on his front lawn. It may come as a surprise, but Waldo has a population of resident black bears. In years past, most bears seen here were males from far away on their search for a mate. But now, Waldo has a breeding population.

Matthew’s baked beans

Tagging my turkey at Weaver’s Roadside Variety in Waldo, I couldn’t pass up a container of baked beans. Every so often, Matthew Weaver’s beans serve as the mainstay for my Saturday night supper. I don’t eat baked beans very often because of the added sugar used. But every so often it’s sugar-be-darned and so a pound of fresh-baked beans finds its way home with me.

Topsham trip

I visited my friend and publisher Nancy Randolph at her Topsham home last week. We two put the finishing touches on my new book, “Wild Critters of Maine.” It appears that if everything goes as planned, the book will hit the stands some time in December.

While at Nancy’s, we also worked on music for my website, Nancy and a friend ran video while I played Irish, Uilleann pipes, English, Northumbrian pipes, pipe-and-tabor and pennywhistle. Excerpts from this session will soon appear on the website.

Weekly quote

A friend commented to Huck Colby that, “Old George ain’t what he used to be.” Huck replied, “Never was.”


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