Sunday, September 7, 2014
Periodically I have to go down to my pond to clear the cage around the overflow pipe. This means putting on waders and actually getting into the pond. There is a slight current because of water coming into it from a couple of small streams. These push dead leaves and dead lily pads onto the cage along with silt and twigs. Once the cage is covered the water level rises, which can be a disaster that I'll have to pay for. Yesterday I went down and, although the situation wasn't bad, started to clear the cage. This involves grabbing gunk and throwing it onto the dam. Ordinarily this does not present any kind of problem. Unfortunately one of the handfuls of gunk with twigs, leaves, etc. landed on a yellow jacket nest that wasn't there a few days ago. Needless to say the bees were not happy with this and swarmed around the area. Luckily I was in the water and away from them so I never got stung. Now, however, I have to figure out where the entrance to their underground nest is so I can go down at dusk and deal with them. Oh, the joys of owning property.