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Rainy Nights

26 May

We’ve been stuck in a rainy pattern lately.  It comes at night and we are hot and humid during the day.  Then more storms.

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Tonight and tomorrow look to be the big soakers for me.  Luckily, I’ve avoided anything severe.

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The only bad thing is that the rain comes overnight, so I haven’t been able to catch Sam in the building and trim his hooves.  That was my plan.

Sam Goodberry

Sam Goodberry

It has really made that grass grow!  Soon it will be time to make hay.

grass collage

It’s starting to get hard to find the kids out in pasture.

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The rye is also getting big.

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The rows beside the rye are corn.  It’s coming up nicely.  You can tell we no-till farm because all that dead vegetation in between the rows are leftovers from last year’s harvest.  Leaving the plants in the ground and not tilling it helps to hold the soil in place.

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Soon we’ll cut the rye and plant our pumpkins there.  I can’t believe we’re already planning for year two of the pumpkin patch.

I do hope you’ll come back Friday evening to join me in Friday’s Hunt.  The items for this week are posted at the top of my sidebar.

I’m sharing with Skywatch Friday, Willy Nilly  Friday, and Random 5 Friday.

Beautiful Birding

21 May

I’m enjoying watching the robin and her little ones.

SOOC

SOOC

It’s a full time job for her to feed them.

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They are already really getting big.  I can see four of them now.

SOOC

SOOC

I was really pleasantly surprised when I was walking in pasture the other night.  It really looks like summer.

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

Then I heard a bird singing a beautiful song.  When I got close enough to see what it was, it was the male bobolink in his breeding finery.  I was very happy to see him.  It’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen one out there.

bobolink collage

Just for fun, I’m sharing one of the young squirrels that has sudden decided to take up residence in my yard.

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If you want to join in Friday’s Hunt, there’s still time.  I have the items for this week in my sidebar.

Today I’m linking with Saturday’s Critters, Camera Critters, Mosaic Monday, SOOC Sunday, and Bird d’Pot

Random 5 Friday

19 May

I’m counting the days until summer break because I’m way too busy. It won’t be long until we have kids again!  I has a woman who works for Iowa State University Extension with agritourism coming to tour the farm my second day of summer break.  I warned her a got might go into labor, but she didn’t seem to think that sounded like a bad thing.

Sallie Blackboer

Sallie Blackboer

That and it’s getting warm.  I teach on the second floor of a non-air conditioned building.  In the soap room, this bad boy is getting installed tomorrow.  My dad is coming to help me because I was too non-mechanical/handy to even figure out how to get the screen out of the window.  Thank goodness for my dad!  I’m going to be open this Saturday, and the temperatures are supposed to be near 80*F (26.6*C).

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I decided to go for a walk out in the pasture when I got home.  Unfortunately, the goats saw me and came on the run.

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I told Lily that old goats should not run when they are not used to it and the warmer weather.

Lily Osboer

Lily Osboer

Kizzy was towards the end of the herd, so she didn’t make it all the way back in.  She did seem to be resting beneath a tree.

Kizzy Kay Street

Kizzy Kay Street

I don’t think it’s going to give her much shade.

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Finally, I found Llenny.  That’s who I was coming out to take a picture of.  See how much his wool has grown.  I still haven’t heard back from the guy who sheared him last year, so I’m trying to find someone else to do it.

Llenny

Llenny

Poor guy is going to be getting hot.

I do hope you’ll come back and join me for Friday’s Hunt tomorrow.  I have the items for this week posted at the top of my sidebar.

Today, I’m sharing with Skywatch Friday and Random 5 Friday.