it was nice enough - but muggy and warm....perfect conditions for black flies. we had some trout and smushy home-hade-kick-you-into-tomorrow salsa. actually we didn't need the salsa 'cuz that trout was some good. jambloney will have a fishing post up soon and he will explain the difference between sea run brook trout and regular brook trout.
we get sick at least once every summer - and it's because of those nasty little black flies. different people have different tolerance level to their venom but i have zero-tolerance and cannot afford to get bit! our first year here we can't even remember the summer. our second year we bit the bullet and somedays slathered ourselves with deet (which we hate) and tried every natural thing known to man - yep - we slathered ourselves down with onions, garlic, lemon, comfrey tea - all the while smelling so putrid that we would have to spray each other down several times a day in order to get away from the smell of ourselves!!! sometimes we wore our bug suits that jambaloney's mom and step-dad got for us - but we hated them - me especially! i can't see anything with that net over my head and i hate nylon mesh on my body. but after last year's bout of the "black fly crazies" (you actually lose your mind when you get bitten too many times) - we decided this year, come heck or high water, we would not step outside without wearing our suits.
here's jam stylin' in his suit - looks like Pioneer Preppy when PP is in his bee suit!
and here's the funky camo-net hat that jambaloney got me for under my hood.
but folks - these stupid ^%%$$&**(!! black flies just won't give up. they WILL find your weak area and they will bite you!!!! below is the inside of my thigh....that's an old bite up top.
and that beautiful bruise is what happens to me when a black fly bites me too many times - she must have bitten me 4 or 5 times in the same spot to have a bruise like that come up!
jambaloney will often have his hood off and just run out to get something from the freezer from the basement. and every time he does - they get him on his eyes.
i had my bug suit on and was only out putting down mulch on one the beds and the bending over caused my waistband area of the bug net to tighten enough to let the little buggers land on me and bite me through my bugsuit!
that's about 60 bites all concentrated in one area in less than 30 mins! and this pic was taken this morning - it was much worse yesterday! after i realized that i had been bitten so many times i almost fainted - it was all really swollen and red. i took a benadryl, it's an anti-histimine and i hate anything anti - like biotics - but i knew i had enough poison in my system that i was going to get the "black fly crazies". jam also rubbed my home-made confrey, heal-all and coconut oil salve and the swelling went down within the hour. but i was done for. and within that same hour all my knuckles, joints, muscles locked up. it hurt. all evening long.
jam went to bed at midnight and then finally i sent myself to bed at 2am. and laid awake ALL NIGHT LONG! with the black fly crazies. when jam got up, i got up, we checked my bites and bruises, put more salve on, now he's working on his contract due to it being another muggy day, i've still got the crazies but am planning to crash for the afternoon.
i've got the crazies but was still excited to discover this tulip - woohoo!
yesterday, even with crazies i made home-made roasted red pepper soup with our fresh oregano and a lobster salad sandwich for dinner .
the plate above is my plate - i have to cut the crusts off because i can't bite through them. jambaloney's sandwich was a proper sandwich.
and not letting the black fly crazies get the best of me, i went and picked dandelion heads, before jam started to weedwhack - i will dry these for tea over the winter. we get 3 or 4 runs of dandelions a year. and dandelion tea is sooo good for you!
dandelions drying on the deck between screens in order to let the little bugs have a chance to skedaddle before i rinse them.
and here is the culprit of my black fly craziness - jambaloney weeded our perennial herb bed.
then he moved all the big rocks and put down gardening mat to help prevent weeds coming up between the rocks. once he had everything in place, i mulched the bed and that is when i got bitten. this bed contains, sage, thyme, mint, rosemary, lemon balm and bee balm. it also contains an anise plant that doesn't seem to be coming back. no worries i have already planted spare anise in the greenhouse.
we also transplanted 7 pepper plants to bigger pots and transplanted 6 cabbages out to the appropriate bed. supper was - you guessed it - lobster....but how many times can you take a pic of a beautiful, delicious, fresh-caught lobster just sitting on a plate and not bore the crap out of people?
well, i am not planning for much today - too sick! i got the black fly crazies. please forgive any potential strange comments that may show up on your blogs today - bahahahaahh!