I did not grow up in Abbeille, SC, but have lived here for the last thirty years. When I think of “urban” I think of the big cities not Abbeville. I can travel a mile or so any direction and find appartments complexes that might qualify as “urban”, but that is just what they are, complexes, not the downtown streets or this small town. There are times when the streets get crowded; play at the theatre, movie on the bricks, arts festivals and such. But day to day my town is just that, a small town and I am lucky to live here.
I kinda invited myself to a fishing trip with Kent to Clarks Hill Lake. The new name of the lake is Thurmond Lake, but being an old-timer it is Clarks Hill to me. Kent is a young man 40 years my junior and he loves to fish. We have talked about going for years but I would never get off my lazy butt to go. Times are a changing for me and I am back into fishing, ponds mostly, but I wanna fish the big reservoirs we have here in South Carolina again. Back in the 80’s I fished the big lakes 150 to 200 times a year, but somewhere along life’s highway I quit. Only recently have I got to fish the big lakes again. I was lucky enough to go with Freddie G. on fishing trips to Lakes Hartwell and Russell earlier this year.
The weather forecast was for thunderstorms pretty much all day, but I was gonna go fishing anyway. (If Kent still wanted to go.) We have been having storms most everyday for the past week, but 90% of them come in the late afternoon and we figured it wouldn’t be any different today…Wrong!
We fished from 7:30 to 3:30 in and out of the rain, wind and lightning. At times the lightning was unnerving to say the least. But no matter how bad the weather, Kent put us on fish. I put eight bass in the boat, broke off twice, lost two swinging them in the boat and just flat-out missed six to eight fish. Kent caught at least twelve bass, we kinda quit counting his. Ain’t no doubt he is a good fisherman, I think he is good enough to make a living out of it with a little help. Who knows, maybe a sponsor will come along.We got wet for sure, but it was still a great trip! Talk Later
To me the Sunflower is the prettiest flower of them all. Even on a rainy day I can look in the backyard and see the brightness and feel the warmth of the sun through my sunflowers. Not only are these flowers pretty they are a major food supply for birds, especially the Morning Dove. When the sunflower first blooms it provides nectar for the bees, butterflies and Humming Birds. After the petals of the sunflower have fallen to the ground and the center turns dark the smaller birds come to feed off the sunflower. Many seeds fall to the ground , providing food for the Morning Doves. The Morning Dove relies on other birds, animals and man to put the seed on the ground for them. I’ve been told that the dove will not even scratch the ground for their food, others have to lay it out for them.