All my life we’ve been finding artifacts in the lake. Today’s most interesting find was this spoon, unfortunately plain, lacking a monogram or any maker’s mark that I spotted.

As I ascended the bluff from the lake, I startled a critter that ran away from me through tall grass (unmowed), then scuttled across the mowed trail that links the steps to the lake with the houses. From the sound it had a woodchuck size, but moved pretty fast and noisy for a woodchuck. It was larger than a rat or rabbit, and lower to the ground than a deer. As I got to top of the steps, I saw the critter just before it disappeared around a corner. Male mallard. I would never have guessed!

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