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Friday’s Leftovers

17 Sep

Once again, you are getting my leftovers from when I was out taking pictures of all the crazy things going on this past week.

Victoria and Sidney

Reva

Bambi

Cinnamon

Haley by the barn; Maybeline in the doorway

Dolly

I picked a pie pumpkin that I didn’t think would make it till October, and I forgot it in my truck.  When I finally got around to getting it out to feed to a goat, it was still good.

Haley

I was amazed, and Haley enjoyed it.

We hit the time of year when the blackbirds hold their fall convention on my farm.

All those black spots on the ground and in the trees are birds.

Seriously.  They were loud and everywhere.

Easier to see in the bean field.

There may have been some shenanigans while we were pressing apples last weekend.

My son, my nephew and the Little Farm Hand

Did you know that if you cut an apple in half across the core it has a star?

Every single time!

A Week of Weather

29 Aug

I went back to work physically in the high school this week starting on Monday.  That was also when our weather went into the worst possible summer weather pattern.

It’s been hot.  I mean it’s been so hot that my building without air conditioning (it’s expected to be done by the first of November now) has had early dismissals all week.  Not that I got to leave; but the kids left and that lets it feel slightly cooler.  The poor animals have also been miserable.

Maybeline’s fleece is growing thick and hot.

Along with the heat, we’ve had unsettled weather with pop-up showers off and on all week.  It really helped to pump up the humidity.  We’ve been tropical feeling.

Aurora coming up from pasture to get out of the rain (it is dripping off the roof)

The goats have been resting during the hot part of the day and staying out in pasture late in the evening because it’s a little bit cooler.

Hard to see the goats coming up the lane.

The showers would be so isolated that my mom, just a couple of miles away, would get a nice rain shower and I’d have a few drops.

Driving home one day, I even went through a couple of downpours while the sun was shining. Seriously.

One morning on the way to work, there was dense fog.

I swear that there is a dome over my farm that pushes the heavier rains away.

Just missing me again.

I am so tired of the drought.  I’m hoping this might signal a change in our weather pattern and bring more rains (although, who knows, and I seriously doubt it).  Even though we haven’t had a lot of rain, I can clearly see how much greener the pasture looks.

The goats on the bottom–so green again.

Even the hilltops look like the grass is less brown.

Sylvia (still wild)

I’m afraid it’s too late for this poor tree.  I’ve lost several of my big oaks to weather changes in the last couple of years.

Myson and Moose

I’m ready for fall.

Here’s to the sun setting on summer and cooler weather arriving.

That’s Different

26 Aug

Last weekend when we were unloading the hay, I thought it was odd the llamas were not in the barnyard.  They didn’t show up, and eventually I decided I better find them.  I found them on the front hill.

Aurora, Odie, and Maybeline

I don’t think I’ve ever seen them out there before.

Maybeline, Aurora, and Odie

But they looked quite content, and I’m guessing they might spend a lot more time there.