The Orchard…

For the past five years I have been attempting to grow apples in my yard. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much success.

Who would have thought that growing an apple would be so damn difficult ?

I figured I’d just drive down to the tree nursery, pick up a few apple trees, dig a few holes, drop the trees into the holes, water and wait for apples to grow…

My first year, I planted my trees, 3 or 4 if I recall correctly. Within two weeks of planting, half of the leaves had been eaten by winter moth caterpillars. I couldn’t believe it. Where the hell did they come from ? Literally, one day the new trees were looking good and then before I knew it they were half dead. Needless to say, my crop of apples may have reached a grand total of 5.

Over the next 4-5 years, if it wasn’t one thing it was another… winter moths, gypsy moths, Japanese beetles, rot, and/or warm weather in late winter followed by a cold snap causing the trees to bud then freeze (resulting in no buds at all)… my best crop for apples over that entire time span has been about 8. And, I lost a couple of trees completely due to them not being able to recover from the insects feasting on them.

BUT ! There is always hope !

This year, the weather has cooperated very nicely and I was able to keep the winter moth caterpillar population under control (at least as of this date 4/30/2017). Hopefully, they don’t all of a sudden appear out of nowhere again.

All 6 of my apple trees, and both peach trees, are flowering nicely right now ! Each tree looks better than it ever has before.

Here are some pictures from April 23rd… the trees are just starting leaf out and bud.


And here are the same trees just one week later… still looking good and flowering nicely…


Will post more updates as things change… hopefully the locust swarm isn’t heading this way this year ๐Ÿ™‚

Got myself a new Nitro Z-18 Bass Boat !

Wow ! Been waiting a LOOOOOOOONG TIME for this ! Hard to believe that it’s finally happened ๐Ÿ™‚ !!!

I’ve had a lot of fun fishing with my friend on his Nitro over the past few years. Lots of fish and lots of good times ! But, it was time… time to get my own bass boat and graduate from kayak fishing. Plus, it’s not easy taking my kids fishing with just a kayak ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some photos of the new boat and a few from the maiden voyage this past weekend on Whitehall Reservoirย . More to come as I get out onto the water and start catching those lunkers.



Welcome To “The Captain’s Cask”

Well hello there. Thanks for dropping by.

I’ve only recently created this blog space and hope to be adding some interesting content in the near future.

For now, you could always have a look at myย Professional Historyย and/or take a gander at my resume ๐Ÿ™‚

One thing you will soon learn about me is that I love to fish. Here’s a recent photo of a nice 4.5 pound largemouth bass I caught.


Tight Lines and Fair Winds To Ye !