IslandDrumz

Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

National Love A Tree Day

Here's a question for our Island. Who has the biggest tree on the Island? You give me a candidate and I will go measure it. I nominate my neighbors Live Oaks on Pine. 
Short version of last nights Council Meeting:

Island Wide Garage Sale is Saturday. Not too late to sign up.

  • Happy Birthday Mayor ProTem Fenwick
  • 5 AirBnBs have been notified of Violation of Ordinance.
  • Pool aerobics will begin soon.
  • Next Civic Club meeting will be held at Deep Hole Park. Instead of Pizza they are having Fajitas. Yum.
  • Memorial Weekend is gonna be nuts. 
  • a: paddle boat/canoe/kayak race
  • b: Crawfish Boil-Off (They need cooks and judges)
  • c: Drag Race
  • Steak and Sinatra and the Children's Fishing Derby are on deck.
  • The US Army Corps of Engineers put a red tag on the Flounder Pond fill in.
  • Joe asked us to get behind the fill not stand in the way of the 
  • Paul said knock it off Joe.

1996
Muscovys. Love ‘em or hate ‘em 1996 is all about those ugly bastards. Pros, Cons and a few in between. Me personally, “you varmints git offa my lawn” Who knew their crap would stain concrete? That’s just wrong. The Islander is full of articles.
Moose Manor Farms says
Muscovy are the only domestic ducks that are not derived from Mallard stock. Originating from the Caribbean Mosquito Coast of Nicaragua and Honduras where the native culture values them for their meat, Muscovy aren't really ducks, but rather large perching waterfowl (Cairina moschata).

Muscovy ducks are great on the farm to control insects the natural way. They are particularly helpful controlling flies, grasshoppers, ticks and mosquitos. If you put them in a pen with cows or calves they will eat most of the flies. In one experiment where two year old Muscovy ducks were put in cow pens, the fly population was reduced by 80 to 90 percent.

Wiki says
The Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) is a large duck native to MexicoCentral, and South America. Small wild and feral breeding populations have established themselves in the United States, particularly in Florida and the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas as well as in many other parts of North America, including southern Canada. Feral Muscovy ducks are found in New Zealand, Australia, and in parts of Europe.

Feathersite.com (poultry business) says.
The meat of the Muscovy is unlike that of the other domestic ducks. It is not greasy and is much more like veal than like poultry. In Taiwan and Europe they often use the Mule Duck, a hybrid of the Muscovy with Mallard-derivatives, as a meat bird.
By the age of three months or so, the males are nearly twice as large as the females. I've found that in younger Muscovys, the feet of the males are often relatively larger, but I don't know if you can count on this.

Too much? meh.
In other Island news , Sailor Shea won third place at Gulf Greyhound Parks' Weiner Dog Nationals. Woof! April had, ready for this? 10 1/2 pages of Police reports. 10 + pages! Hooligans. The RR bridge is coming out. City Friend and man about town, Joe Lee Sr. passes away. I knew Joe. June has a most excellent Island Poll. Read this when you have the time. Judy Blossom created the Club Logo, two seagulls flying in to the sun. The native Southern Brown Pelican makes a celebrated return to the area. It's been gone since the 70's thanks to DDT. Speed bumps are talked about on Clear Lake Road. Because someone hit a cat. No, really. The EDC is created. Blue Point is about to get paved. A Miss Teen America finalist is one of ours. The Sandbar makes it debut. There's talk about a footbridge across the bayou. And there is an awesome article called "From the Mouth of the Bayou".

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