Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Gentle Soaking Rain........

...........Or Not.......
......and I'm not complaining......

.....But five inches of rain in a short time, has to go somewhere........


Here it makes an island of the Shetland barn....

.....a River of the path to the garage

.....Boone's pen and house a pond, with toys floating pathetically around....

Should I go save 'em Mom? Or will you buy me new ones?
(Boone in the backyard)

'Flood waters' breach the hastily constructed barriers to the breezeway

Here is the backyard again--6-10 inches of water--and I know where it went!Right into the backroom of my house! Flood control at work in the house.

.....But I ain't complaining (much), just a little tired! I was taking a vacation day today, so was really glad I was home. Having a pretty nice little day too, sorting things out for a garage sale, listening to the gentle rain on the roof. Still listening as the gentle rain turned into a drumming down pour. Then I realized my hallway and back room were flooding. In what is a blur now, I went out into the down pour and dug some trenches to try and divert water, piled more straw and dirt against the back outside wall to create a dam, put extra 2 x 4's across the breezeway moldings to add more height, moved everything that might get damaged away from the back wall, mopped and sopped with numerous towels to stop the slow spread of the water across the back rooms, and killed a bunch of ants that were moving to high ground. (I think this backs up my theory! ha)

The rain is mostly gone now, and I think those first 2 or 3 inches really soaked in so that should help a great deal. We are in for 'sauna time' now as the humidity climbs. But we got rain, by golly!

3 comments:

Tina T-P said...

Truly a case of when it rains, it pours - I was wondering if you were getting any of the rain. Hope it didn't do too much damage to your home. I'm glad your old ewe made it thru her adventure - guess more animals than cats have nine lives...

I'm glad we don't have the ant problem that you're having - they give me the heeby jeebies - I guess I stirred up too many ant hills on our farm in Eastern Wash. as a kid and feel like they might be "karma-cly coming to get me".

May your rain all soak in and you get that second cutting of hay that you need. :-) T.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

FIVE INCHES!?! Are the sheepies good and clean, or drowned? We got part of an inch over two days, and the plants look so refreshed. I'm sorry you got so much at once, but like Tina, hope that eases the hay crisis -- if not this year, then next.

Janna's Page said...

Oh heavens! We got quite a bit of rain too, but not so much that we were flooded a lot. I think one area of the sheep pen flooded and that was it!

Janna