The Rock Wall

Posted October 31, 2013 at 10:30 am

All my life, I remember Mom commenting at this time of year on October’s bright blue weather.” I didn’t know until years later that it was a poem and never saw the poem until Kimball looked it up for me this week.

If you don’t mind, I’ll share it with you. I hope you enjoy it. I did.

“October’s Bright Blue Weather”

O suns and skies and clouds of June,

And flowers of June together,

Ye cannot rival for one hour

October’s bright blue weather;

When loud the bumble-bee makes haste,

Belated, thriftless vagrant,

And Golden-Rod is dying fast,

And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

When Gentians roll their fringes tight

To save them for the morning,

And chestnuts fall from satin burrs

Without a sound of warning;

When on the ground red apples lie

In piles like jewels shining,

And redder still on old stone walls

Are leaves of woodbine twining;

When all the lovely wayside things

Their white-winged seeds are sowing,

And in the fields, still green and fair,

Late aftermaths are growing;

When springs run low, and on the brooks,

In idle golden freighting,

Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush

Of woods, for winter waiting;

When comrades seek sweet country haunts,

By twos and twos together,

And count like misers, hour by hour,

October’s bright blue weather.

O suns and skies and flowers of June,

Count all your boasts together,

Love loveth best of all the year

October’s bright blue weather.

Helen Hunt Jackson

- A former bass club buddy e-mailed that he found this on the Bass Boat Central (BBC) website from someone who wrote, “The buzzards ate the door gasket off my truck at the ramp Saturday.”

Buzzards have become a real problem below Wheeler Dam at the TVA safety harbor ramp.

My fishing buddy was there this summer and came back in and buzzards were all over his truck. He has a bed cover that is hinged in the middle for lifting. There is a plastic cover over the gap and the buzzards had eaten the cover off. New cover $150.

My last couple of trips I had noticed trucks with tarps over them for protection.

Saturday after a tournament my partner backed the truck in for me to take the boat out and I noticed buzzard leavin’s all over the cab and windows. Went to a car wash on the way home and washed the buzzard leavin’s off figuring it was highly acidic. I noticed V shaped chunks in my door gaskets. On the driver’s side they had eaten much of the top of the gasket off.

I don’t have a clue why the birds are doing this. Is this normal buzzard behavior? They are a protected species and no firearms are allowed on the TVA Reservation, so what do you do? I noticed one boat trailer with a piece of PVC pipe about 10 feet tall with three buzzard decoys hanging upside down on strings. What would repel a buzzard considering their eating habits? KL