I miss his columns in the paper, they were mostly all about here, the fields, the marsh , Great Bay. I have added the Joe Dixx tribute site to my blogroll. It takes a moment to load, at least on this old rig, patience. They are posting his outdoor columns aligned with the current month. I always looked forward to his columns. The paper would do well with a search for someone to try and fill that void. What am I saying?. It’s impossible.Richard Schanda passed away in 2004.
Northeast Boating went under this month, it was previously called Offshore Magazine. Our own Lara Bricker was a regular contributor. Another magazine in Portsmouth went under too. I am going to miss my boating magazine, the publisher has substituted with Soundings magazine till the subscription is done. Soundings is a large format,tabloid sized magazine. It’s huge like a trade publication .I don’t like it, it’s a tactile thing.
I feel like I should be wearing clown shoes while reading it.
This Summer our Bailey(dog) was tormented by chipmunks under a rear deck. They teased him relentlessly. I bought a trap and was catching nothing but gray squirrels.Chip and Dale proved elusive,that chipmunk laughing still rings in the air out back.
This past year was kind to our local squirrels they were huge, lots of acorns to consume. They were chasing some people and his dog out of Gilman Park.
When they are jumping in the cage on their way to release it’s crazy! I was releasing them at the edge of my woods and eventually gave up with the trap. I did make a call to a local woodsman about the grays I was catching and releasing. “Are you eat’n em?” he asked me.
He was serious.
“Nah, I only eat raccoons and skunks you know that ” He wasn’t laughing along with me.
He wasn’t chuckling.
So, I had to check the recipe corner for gray squirrel and found they are fond of grays in the UK. They are paying bounty’s to eradicate the American Gray and the butcher shops can sell all they get. The American Gray is threatening the habitat of the beloved Red Squirrel in the UK.
Sept 1 -Dec 31 is squirrel season in NH. It requires some marksmanship if your intent is consumption. I understand they are a very difficult beast to skin unless you are that Bear Grylls guy. He can skin one as he jumps from the helicopter, without a knife.
Farmers Market? These critters are as green as you can get, besides fricasseed Robins.
Dixx had all the recipes.
This guy can’t make enough of these pastys. You think George Olson might be doing all this UK trekking because he has squirrel jones?
We are having a devil of a time with chicken here. The switch to farmers market is proving difficult. So fish in on the menu till we figure it out.