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Waldo News

By Tom Seymour | May 10, 2020


I had a craving for lobster last week and so went to Renys Plaza in Belfast, where they were selling lobster from a truck. But the lines were so long that the result wasn’t worth the cost. It was cold, with a stiff breeze blowing and standing on hard pavement for a long time was unappealing, to say the least.

Several days later, I found myself in Dover-Foxcroft and decided to do some grocery shopping while there. And guess what the Dover Hannaford carried? Lobsters. Well, not whole lobsters but lobster tails. These weren’t previously frozen, either, but were only put up the day before.

Later, back home, I cooked the largest tail and it was as good as any lobster I ever had. Now for some way to find clams and, dare I say it, oysters?

In the garden

Finally and at long last, dandelions are of a size for harvest. My garden beds were full of ripe dandelions and these gave me several large bags of cleaned dandelions.

One garden plant, perennial kale, is growing like mad. It is properly called, “sea kale,” and I started it last year from seed. The germination rate was poor, thus I only have the one plant. But one kale plant can give a single person a lot of kale.

The recent cold, wet weather has caused Waldo gardeners lots of problems. The soil is just too cold to plant. Those who go ahead despite this will find that much of their seed will rot in the ground.

My advice is to wait a bit longer before planting any seeds except perhaps, lettuce. Another week should see a big change in the weather pattern, one worth waiting for.

Under the feeder

Songbirds remain scarce and even the hummingbirds have not yet arrived. And yet I have some interesting bird news. A crow frequents my place on a regular basis. It first attracted my attention because of its exaggerated hopping. Birds hop and crows are no exception. But this one was different.

Finally, I saw the problem. Its right leg is broken, dangling uselessly. Even before learning this, I had named the crow, “Hippity-Hop,” and the name has stuck.

Unlike the other crows, Hippity-Hop does not fly away when it sees me watching. This has only endeared it to me more. Hippity’s dangling leg should be amputated, but I don’t see how I could arrange that. Nature is sweet and wonderful, but it is also very cruel at times.

So old Hippity-Hop will probably go through life with a useless leg, dangling and in the way. But still, the bird finds plenty of food at my place. Well, perhaps I leave table scraps out for it. Stay tuned for more on Hippity Hop in the future.

Nature’s fertilizer

Waking up to last Saturday’s snow put me in a foul frame of mind. With everything else, now we have snow in May. After the last snowstorm in mid-April, a friend said not to worry, it is just “nature’s fertilizer.” I realize that snow brings nitrogen to the ground and that helps plants to grow.

This May snow, though, has something in common with fertilizer, the bovine kind, if you get my drift. Enough is enough.


Regarding the lobster truck at Renys Plaza, I happened by last Saturday during the snowstorm and there were only two people ahead of me. The price was right and I bought a big lobster, just the remedy for a day spent enduring a May Nor’easter.

Weekly quote

I may have run this quote from Hal Borlund last year, but it deserves another run: “No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn.”





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