Spring! My least favorite season. It signifies the transition from winter to summer. Both seasons I’m fond of. Well, to be perfectly honest, I’m wildly fond of winter, and I hate when it ends. I like summer because of the long days, but the mosquitoes leave a lot to be desired. After summer comes fall, which is gorgeous in New Hampshire. Thus, I tolerate spring. It must happen for the rest of the year to unfold.
Anyway, the point of my post today is to let you know the other reason I’m not a fan of spring, it’s the yard work. We have a large yard with a lot of perennial beds that require mulch. That’s a lot of work. I actually don’t mind the work. What I mind are the black flies. Black flies and mosquitoes should be the New Hampshire state birds. We have an abundance of both.
If you’ve never experienced black flies, you’re blessed. They swarm and buzz around your ears. If they bite, it swells; bad! I’ve been bitten on the eyelid and had my eye swell shut. I’ve been bitten on the ear, and that was painfully itchy for days. Oh, if you scratch the itch from the bite, it hurts. Just a value added from a loathsome black fly attack.
These annoying pests appear every year end of April/early May when we need to get our yard work done. It makes the work that much more challenging.
This year, because our garden was so pitiful last year, we had three yards of compost delivered. We need to add that to our garden and till it this weekend. I’m dreading those pesky flies. Moving the mulch up the hill to the garden will be challenging enough without a swarm chasing me.
To keep me sane and protected from the flies, I think I may need to cave and wear one of those crazy net hats. I used to make fun of old people for wearing them. Does that make me old? Perhaps. But, at least I won’t get a black fly bite on my eye. I’ll let you know how the yard work goes!