Cory Routh paddles recently near Chesapeake, Virginia. Besides his official duties as a water quality tech and wildlife biologist, Cory runs a kayak fishing service called Ruthless Fishing. For info, go to http://www.ruthlessfishing.com/.
Fields of sunflowers are starting to appear in our neighborhood in Grays Chapel, North Carolina. Some of the local farmers are beginning to experiment with them for oil and to supplement their livestock feed. These were at a dairy down the road.
Week before last was a little cooler around here and I found the folks at Walker Farms in Grays Chapel, North Carolina out in the field planting vegetables. Bill Walker and his wife Barbara and sons Mark, Matthew, and Michael, along with daughter-in-law Heather grow vegetables of all kinds for retail and wholesale sale at the state's farmers' markets. Most of the family was out in the field the day I stopped by.
Neighbors Bill and Barbara Walker raise all kinds of vegetables for the local retail farmers' markets as well as wholesale markets in Raleigh. They were at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market on Saturday showing off their eggplant and other produce. Check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walker-Farms/198921590136818.
I spent part of the day Sunday shooting a sport I have heard about all of my life but have never had the opportunity to see played in person. I wasn't on a trip to Great Britain or one of the former Commonwealth countries where the sport is so popular that it ranks number two in the world behind soccer with the most fans. Rather, I saw cricket played for the first time in rural North Carolina, just 5 miles from my home. An English businessman with a love for the game has built an extremely fine cricket facility in Climax, North Carolina, and each weekend from April to October, local teams from the Carolina Cricket League play games there. Like I said, I don't know a lot about cricket, but I do recognize athletic ability, and the guys playing this game are very serious about what they do. Very serious and just as friendly, as many of the players took time to answer my questions and help me understand the rules. I plan to stop by again and learn more. For more info on cricket in the Triad, go to http://www.carolinacricketleague.org/ccl/index.jsp.
Neighbor and cousin Lula Mae Routh at the Asheboro Downtown Farmer's Market in Asheboro, North Carolina. She and husband Thomas are there twice a week during the summer selling the vegetables they grow on their farm in Grays Chapel.