SOrry about the empty message, apparently a filling fell out! Here is the gist of what I sais when it got erased:
So nice to hear from so many old friends. We are building our new home overlooking a couple acres of wine grapes that are in the process of being planted. I have about a half acre out now and the rest are going in the ground in the spring. The deer are bad about stripping the vines late in the season, so I do have to deal with this problem. Behind the vineyard, the view will be my 2 acre pond. Jayne and I spent a few hours recently picking out $360 worth of bald cyprus and weeping willow to plant around the pond. We got back from a Christmas vacation to find 2 things: first the trees were missing, second, the pond water level was up 4 feet, and almost running over the dam. I finally was able to locate the2 18 inch drain pipes to find them stuffed with a network of branches leaves and mud held in place with the sharpened saplings I had recently purchased.
Now I don't want to say I have never been guilty of shooting beavers, but this may call for drastic measures. They are such cute little cuddly furry friends, but right now I look on them as the enemy!!! THanks for the nice messages! jimmy t