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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.

An Overnight Rain

21 Aug

The forecast called for a bit of rain last night.  I never get too optimistic, because the drought has been relentless.  The weatherman did say it wasn’t going to be a drought buster, but at this point, we don’t want enough rain to end the drought in one shot.  But we did get some rain.

It was even enough to leave some puddles.

The chicory looks so fresh and clean.

It is wonderful seeing actual drops on the flowers because I am really tired of drought and dust.

It looks like Antigone didn’t make it inside.  That girl is the bottom of the pecking order.

Antigone

My poor tarp tent for shade didn’t fare too well through it.

That’s okay. This fall I’ll take it down and cut it up to cover the west windows in the barn because those tarps are falling apart too.

Myson chatting with goats on the west side of the barn.

Now I just hope it was enough to help my beans finish filling out the pods.

If not, I’m probably not going to have much to harvest this fall.

The Winter’s Hay

31 Jul

My nephew came and mowed my field on Tuesday.  This is the second cutting off the waterways and buffer strip where there are no animals on it.

We really need to find a time to fertilize it because the goats, making hay off of it, and our drought has really been hard on it.

He didn’t even mow the back hill.

I’m not sure there will be as much as I’d like to have going into the winter, but I do still have a loft full from last year.

Thursday, his dad came out and got it into windrows.

He might have had to wait for the goats to cross the bottom before he could keep going.

Then he baled.

taking it to be put inside for the night

He finished up the last little bit with the round baler before it got dark.

There wasn’t enough to get me what I needed, so he’ll either mow that back hill, or I’ll have to find more hay somewhere else.

The llamas snuck out and were watching him.

I’m pretty tired of this drought.