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A Quick Storm

12 Jul

It’s crazy how our weather just keeps going from one extreme to another. We have been wet. It was so wet that I have had a hard time weeding the garden, and all my little zucchinis were rotting on the vine. Luckily, it dried off, but we went straight to really hot and no rain. At least my zucchinis quit rotting.

But my tomatoes are not looking good.

They are really dry. I’ve watered them, but I’m not sure I started soon enough. It was really quick to being too dry with all that heat.

There have been a few chances for rain, but it misses us. Yesterday afternoon there were more clouds coming in teasing me with a threat of rain. I was afraid to even hope we’d get some.

While I was watering last night, I did notice that my sweet corn was tasseling and starting to make ears. I think it looks pretty. You might notice I have an electric wire around the bottom to keep raccoons away. Hopefully, it works.

I also noticed that there was rain coming. I was happy about that, and I hoped the rain didn’t fall apart before it got here. That’s the way it has been happening.

By the time I got back to the house, we were under a storm warning. I decided to try and get my girls milked before the rain came.

I got Cinnamon and Cutie milked. Just as I kicked Cutie out and called to Ava, we started getting sprinkles.

Cutie heading to the barn, Avril, and Astra wanting her turn to be milked

I had just started milking Ava when it really broke loose. It was crazy loud with lots of hail.

Ava and I hung out in the milk room until it was over. Then I sent her out to the barn.

Then I went to make sure I still had all of my windows. Everything at home was fine.

Then it was time to head back up to the garden to see how it faired. The zucchini and potatoes were rather wind blown.

There were some holes in the leaves.

Some of the sweet corn was leaning a bit.

Luckily my field corn looked fine.

The sun came back out.

The goats were enjoying the leaves that were blown off the trees.

Moira

I am grateful for the rain, but we could really have done without the hail.

Trying to Stay Cool

20 Jul

We are ridiculously hot again.  Everyone just lounges around.  The goats are heading out to pasture fairly early in the morning.  They hang out under the trees during the hottest part of the day. It’s too hot for me to go out there, so all my pictures are from the barnyard.

Vinnie and Vulcan

Harley

Pepe

Daisy and Dahlia

Cookie with Chiffon and Marge in the back

Maisie with her baby, Moose

Bonnie

Penelope

Maybeline just hangs out luring Tony over so she can spit on him because she might be pregnant. Who knows?

Maybeline and Tony

On Wednesday, we had a line of storms pass through that brought everyone back up to the barnyard.

At least it cooled us down a bit before the ridiculous heat returned.

Odie and Maybeline eating in the shade of the tree.

I am spending my time making sure everyone has plenty of clean water and that they aren’t getting overheated.

Penny and her kid, Pipsqueak

One evening, I did have to hose Aurora down to cool her off.

Aurora (And look-the pool is still clean!)

I’ve been worried about Tony, too, but he’s hanging in there. I’ve added a fan in the buck room to help keep the air moving.

Tony Llama

The goats are doing okay.  We’re all ready for a break.

Dahlia and Joy in pasture with the big goats.

We are now looking at the end of this long stretch of hot weather.  Next week looks to be back to more reasonable temperatures.  Thankfully.

 

Scenes From Around the Farm

27 May

We’ve had much better weather the last part of this week, and it’s made me want to go walking in pasture.

I was rewarded with seeing the bobolinks again.

bobolink

I also got to see a squirrel.  I know.  They’re not exactly exotic, but I always enjoy their chattering.

I was surprised that the swallows let me get this close.  They are usually flying all over.

barn swallows

There’s cottonwood fluff floating around everywhere in the Back Forty right now.

Cinnamon and her boy were enjoying the grass yesterday evening.

Cinnamon and Norm

Snickers was happily lounging on the deck.  His nose is really starting to look better.  Thankfully.

Snickers

Of course, we had today’s beautiful weather interrupted by another series of storms coming through.

That means I still need to mow my yard, and I still don’t have my garden in.