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Sunday, 06 March 2022

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Lovely postcard, is it a humming bird?
Now to football or footie, soccer, fields are called pitches and can vary in size within certain boundaries.
The largest in the Premier League is Brighton 105 x 69 Metres smallest is Wolverhampton 100x 64 Metres.
Liverpool's is 101 x 68 Metres

Hi Mike.
Your mystery animal might be a fisher, which is a mustelid (think weasel) that is widespread in northern North America but somewhat cryptic in behavior and habitat (closed canopy forest).
I've seen them while hiking in the eastern Finger Lakes (SW of Syracuse) so they're likely around your neighborhood as well.

It sure is a pleasure when the weather breaks. For two weeks now, my windows are open and the paddle fans spin on low sending a cool breeze throughout the house. At the screen door my kitties hang out, listening to the chirping birds. It is in the low 80s here (north Florida), and I am enjoying it! Glad to hear your writing is coming along, Mike.

Your black catlike animal is probably a fisher, or sometimes fisher cat, which is a big (really) weasel capable of catching a squirrel in a tree, and has some nasty attacking habits which permit it to prey on porcupines. They are getting fairly common in the east (again), and I had one a few nights ago trying to get at the bunny under my front porch. The bunny escaped (that night, anyway), the fisher spent a few seconds categorizing me as either prey or threat, then loped off, weasel-style.

[Thank Don, I think you're correct. Geoff says they've been making a comeback here and they fit the description. I love your phrase, "the fisher spent a few seconds categorizing me as either prey or threat"--wish I'd written that! --Mike]

Not much clear sky in some parts of Australia.
The eastern side has had an Australian East Coast Low (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_east_coast_low) floating around, and around, and still going around, dumping lots of rain and causing flooding and general destruction in it’s erratic path.
We’re ready for some days with that big orangey ball of fire in the sky to just dry out.
I’m living vicariously through TOP global head-quarters.

Football "pitches" would be the usual terminology, together with the term "field of play" (the pitch will be larger than the field of play, of course).

Spring: not many signs thereof here in N England; temperatures are still around 6° or 7° C here today, or about 42° F, I think. The snowdrops are just coming to an end, the crocuses are presently out, and the daffodils have appeared but not yet bloomed. No leaves on the trees yet. But I saw the first (bumble)bee of the year yesterday; it was sunny, and it was collecting pollen from a winter heather bush that we have; and this morning for the first time this year we were woken by the *&$%! dawn chorus - sunrise was at 6:41 today.

Last week my wife and I were in Dubai. That's an altogether strange place, but at this time of year it's delightful - temperatures (last week) between 25° and 30° C, and bone-dry (or so it felt): humidity levels about 40%. Delightful. I'd hate to be there in mid-summer, however: 45° C or higher, and 80-85% humidity.

You write a lot of things that bring a smile, and then you write things that make me smile, and a well-needed treat for a harried mind. Thanks for the reminder of all the wonder that's there, and that's coming.

In my working life, I once had the opportunity to drive on the test tracks that are made each winter on a lake near Arjepløg in Northern Sweden for the European car makers and their major suppliers to test and refine anti-skid systems, etc. I was there in March; apparently during the thaw the thickened ring-shaped tracks free themselves and drift away, like kilometre sized mint sweets. It must be quite a sight.

There is a small town here just next to Victor, NY, named Fishers. I would be surprised if there are any fishers still roaming there, but one can hope

“I have some more reader prints here sent in for critique—we're going to get back to that this year.”

Hey Mike, just a friendly reminder that you closed entries to the latest Baker’s Dozen a month ago. You might want to add this to your “to do list” post-it-note on the fridge:)

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