Re: [gardeners] Re: this is spring?

George Shirley (
Sun, 02 Mar 2003 08:27:55 -0600

I don't disagree at all Penny. I see people allowing their children to
play along the shores of gator filled water and they don't seem
concerned. I must say I haven't heard of gators taking any children in
many years but they do take small dogs every year. Let your dog run
loose where the gators are you might lose the dog. I give gators a wide
berth myself, I can't run very fast anymore.

As a side note: We have the Creole Nature Trail nearby and that trail
has a place to park where you can take about a quarter mile walk in the
marsh. Often large alligators are sunning themselves along the walk.
When we see them we turn around and go back to the car. A couple of
years ago my wife and a friend of ours were walking along and a couple
of European tourists asked if it was okay to pet the alligators.
Evidently some people think that if the gator is lying up their close by
they must be pets. We got a big laugh out of it but I still think they
should put up signs on that point to ensure people really don't pet the
gators. Don't pet the gators people or you could end up like Captain
Hook. <VBG>

George wrote:
> MarcW, did you feel any of the outreaching rain from your tropical
> cyclone Graham which swept across the north country but a day or so
> ago..?  Do you actually have ample rainwater during the season?  And
> the 3rd question, of course, is where does your automatic watering
> system actually get its water from?
> My brother-in-law and his wife have bought a small retirement house
> being built in southern Florida, and have just returned from a quick trip
> to see how it was coming along ...  they said it's on a pretty lake --
> but
> no one can swim in it, because of all the alligators. I do wonder what
> will happen when their grandchildren come down to visit. . .
> At least here in New York we only have woodchucks and moles and
> skunks and deer to plague us. Don't think I could handle alligators,
> altho George might disagree...
> Penny, NY
> .
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