One of the benefits of the very, very mild winter just past is that outdoor chores that would be still hanging over my head are more or less done.
A couple of weekends ago, in fact, I pruned the grapes and brambles around the edge of the property and cut back branches along the driveway. This was well before the ticks were again afoot and the poison ivy had begun to grow.
Out of the blue, our older daughter announced last week that she wanted a pig — sorely. This was not an ordinary pig, mind you, but some sort of supposed mini-breed she learned about on the Internet, which could be hers for $850, shipping from Indiana, or wherever, extra. I said no, of course, which set off a fit of wailing unprecedented for its length, if not for volume.
Beekeepers say that honey bees should almost never be exterminated when a hive is discovered. Debbie Klughers, with help from Dell Cullum and Russell Bennett of The East Hampton Star, safely removed an estimated 10,000 bees from between rafters in the Star office attic on Friday after they were discovered by roofers.
The National Weather Service forecast for East Hampton has moderated ever so slightly overnight, at least as far as snow is concerned. As of 3:40 a.m., it predicted snowfall totals from a minimum of 17 inches to a maximum of 28 inches. Still, if you figure that the actual amount will end up right in the middle of that spread, that’s a lot of snow.
For those readers who really like to geek out as a storm approaches, I thought I would put together a couple of images and links that might help give a sense of how bad this particular storm might actually be.
Registration is under way for the Long Island Agricultural Conference at Suffolk Community College in Riverhead,and on