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When It Doesn’t Rain

28 Jun

Can you guess what I did today?

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I took my garden hoses and hooked them to my barnyard hose and went from the hydrant (below the magnolia tree where the arrow is pointing) across both sides of the barnyard, the tall grass, and the buffer strip to the edge of the pumpkin patch.

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Then I filled nine buckets with lids with my well water so I could water the entire acre of pumpkins.

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I went to the far side of the patch and started watering.  One bucket for each row.  Then I had to refill and finish from this side.

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The plants that came up from the first and second plantings are getting big.  Quite a few have already come up from when I hand planted last week.  I’m optimistic that a few more will come up.

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It looks like we’ll have pumpkins!  That is as long as I keep hauling water to them.  Better yet, our dry spell could end.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  The items for this week are at the top of my sidebar.  We’re starting with a new round of the alphabet, so it’s a perfect time to join in!

Winter Ready or Not

11 Nov

I hope the goose had a good bath on Sunday because there’s nothing but ice in the pool now.

Goose in pool

We woke up to cold and snow this morning.

Snowy barn

It always makes me happy when the heated tubs are actually thawed out.

heated tub

I hope the geese figure out I put tubs in the barn because I drained the cattle tank.  It was so nasty with goose sludge and the heat means it keeps growing stuff all winter.  I’m hoping a good freeze and bleaching in the spring will make it a lot cleaner.

Empty Cattle Tank

I did manage to get Flower, Bud and Muffin all three to the north lean-to.

Muffin, Bud and Flower

Muffin, Bud and Flower

They have a heat lamp, heated tub of water (notice the pvc pipe to keep them from chewing on the cord), and fresh straw bedding.

Winter Water

Bud and Muffin were happy eating while I was standing there with them.  You can clearly see Bud’s bare belly.

Goats eating hay

As soon as I left, they came back to the gate wanting to join the rest of the herd.  Muffin was yelling (with a very loud call) to her daughter, but Wanda had already gone in the barn.

Wanda

Wanda

I assume the three of them will go in where it’s warm once they figure out I’m not going to let them back out.  Hopefully, Bud doesn’t go over the fence again.

Lady Bug and Cattle Tank

13 Nov

The cattle tank was still frozen this morning despite the new heater.

My son and nephew came and tested the voltage in the water and the tank.  There was a bit of electricity floating in the water, but the outlets tested fine.

They put a new heater in it (wish I’d thought of that, but my dad didn’t deliver that part of my message). There was no stray electricity after replacing the heater.

We’ll see if this one works (when it gets cold next time), or I’ll be in the market for an electrician.

Lady bugs are much more pleasant than the cattle tank.

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