Sunday, June 04, 2006

Nasty!

D2 has recently been staying up at the cottage. She invited us up at the last minute the other day, so we decided to take her up on the offer. We weren't there long, just overnight, but we had a nice visit. It rained much of the time, but that's okay because we wouldn't have got out very much anyway. For whatever reasons, we are having a very buggy spring in these parts, much more so than usual apparently. I have to say apparently because we are newcomers to this area.


So, when we did try to go for a walk at the cottage, we first donned our mosquito gear, which I call our flak jackets.



Thank goodness that we thought to do that because we were swarmed as never before. Even with the netting, I managed to get numerous bites. At one point Cuppa stopped to takes some photos. The one below shows about a dozen on my pant leg, and I'm sure that I had just finished swatting many away.


Nasty!


15 comments:

Lynn said...

I'm glad to be hanging out in the city after looking at those pics.

Cathy said...

Yikes! I was out biriding yesterday and was so paranoid about the mosquitos which we too have in abundance due to a very wet spring. One mosquito got through my repellant and I have to say it bothered me. I know the state vet here in Ohio and he's a pretty stoic guy, but he's a little wary about the West Nile thing. I'd be interested to know what you call that great gear you're wearing. I may have to invest in something because I don't want to be trapped indoors.

Granny said...

We've found a few West Nile skeeters in this part of CA.

Funny, I don't associate Canada and mosquitos. Silly because we certainly had them in central New York where I grew up - climate very similar to southern Ontario. We were maybe 100 miles from the border.

Bonita said...

We saw a horde of them yesterday out in eastern Washington. Hungry little buggers.

Anvilcloud said...

Cathy, they're just called bug jackets. You can get pants too. Google them. Here's one hit.

Sarah Elaine said...

My Dad and step-Mom live on an island in Ontario... and they have much the same type of year... along with one of those head-lamps that you wear at night that make you look like a miner.

Hhhmm... I wonder if you are a Lee Valley Tool fan, too?

oshee said...

How funny to see you wearing nets on your body. I really do need to escape the desert more often.

Course we get the West Nile virus here from people not taking care of their pools. The pools turn into mosquito breeding grounds. So in the summer they spray the neighborhoods. Maybe we should all just start wearing bug jackets.

megz_mum said...

We have plenty of those nasty little beasts after it has rained in summer - not a lot of fun!

PBS said...

The mosquito was the state bird in my old state! That's one thing I like about living in town, not as many of 'em.

Turtle Guy said...

Ah, the cottage! I have a friend with a cottage up around Bracebridge and it's wonderful - sadly, I rarely get a chance to visit. I'd even brave the mosquitoes, and maybe I should!

Heather said...

It seems this year the mosquitoes congregated in your part of Canada and left us alone for a change. We went for a long walk along the Seine River on Friday evening and I didn't notice a single mosquito.

Valerie - Riding Solo said...

It's been wet and now it's warm. Nasty biters and now the dreaded June bugs! Ick, I say, ICK!

Elizabeth said...

Daughter and I just been looking at this horrid photo...oh my that is an awful problem. Especially if you are allergic to them anyway!! Would wearing some of those really smelly dryer sheets have an effect on the number that pester you? I read someplace that would help keep them away...but I wonder. We have them here too but we do not go out when they are mostly about.

Gina said...

If Hubba-hubba and I are together, it is a sure thing that he will get swarmed by a thousand mosquitos, and I will be mosquito-free.

Something about a component in the blood or something. I'll take it, whatever the reason.

madcapmum said...

All I ask in this life is a screened porch.... you and Cuppa are welcome to join me once I've got it.