Rain is a Good Thing?

In our pattern of weather swinging from flood to drought and back again, we’re on the rainy side of the pendulum.  I decided to try playing with my camera the first evening as storm clouds rolled just north of the farm.

Clouds

While many places have flooded with the rain this week has brought, I’ve been lucky.  In the last four days, I’ve had about four inches of rain.

Clouds

Clouds

I’m not flooding yet, but the barnyard is awfully squishy and muddy.  The heat and the humidity has been good for my corn.

Corn

On the other side of the fence, the kids are enjoying playing in pasture.

goat kids climbing a tree

The grass is getting tall.

Mary

Mary

Soon we’ll make hay off the bottom and back hills.

goat under tree in pasture

On the other side of the fence, the boys’ pasture is really getting tall since there’s only two of them on about five acres.

Bucks in tall grass

Yes, Fionn and Boeris are standing.  I might have to see if we can make hay or mow the bottom part of that pasture.  Or I might put the girls over there while I’m in New York and after surgery.  We’ll see.  As long as we keep getting rain, it will keep growing.  Hopefully, some of those places flooding will get a break soon.

Sharing with Good Fences and Skywatch Friday.

Planting

Things finally dried out enough that the planter showed up at my property today.

Planting2w

planting corn

My corn has finally been planted!

planting corn

Now I just have to wait and hope for favorable weather that gives me a good harvest.

 

Corn–the Popping Kind

While the family was gathered for Thanksgiving, my nephew, Brandon, organized everyone to pick popcorn.

popcorn patch

I’ve been putting it off because I wanted it to be dry when we picked it, and we’ve not had a good fall for it to dry on the cob.

ear of popcorn

There were several of us picking, and it didn’t take long to fill up our buckets.

Tammy and Ron

Tammy and Ron

We hauled them out to my place and took them into the house.  I had narrow paths through my kitchen, and that was it.  That’s a lot of corn.

Brandon

Brandon

Over the weekend, I had to get it all husked.  The ears were still pretty wet, and I didn’t want them to mold.  I had a lot of help with husking, but it wasn’t near as good as my picking help.

geese with corn husks

While husking, I found a few ears that are more suitable for the bovine than the popcorn popper.

field corn

I got it all husked and hauled to my basement right beside the dehumidifier, where it will stay until it has dried to the right moisture level (about 14%).  We’ll have popcorn for another year!

ear of popcorn

I have to say, I was worried about that with our bad weather this past summer.

Sharing with Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday for the letter C.  I’m also sharing at Rurality Blog Hop.

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