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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sudden Rain

Sunrise Over a Dry Hayfield
Farmers have been scrambling to get their first cutting hay in the last week and half. We have had unbelievable rainfall amounts this year, but even so, it was starting to get a bit parched. It doesn't take long, when the temps are in the 90s and humidity is 700 percent. Or so.

Rain Blowing in the Back Door

The other night as I pulled in the driveway, home from work, I was mentally deciding what I needed to get done first. I had noticed a small benign looking cloud forming in the East, but we weren't suppose to get any storms. When I get home, I always pen up Eddie and Sue, the Chicken Nursing Home residents first. Then I let Boone out in the yard. Since I had drained his pool the day before, getting it rinsed out and filled was top priority, so the big guy could cool off. While I was rinsing the pool, it started to sprinkle. Well, I figured it wasn't going to amount to much, but I decided I better go out near the garage and cover up my rider mower with a tarp, just in case. Afterward, I dashed to the house, as the 'sprinkles' were starting in earnest.

Watching the Show Outside My Window
By the time I sat down to supper, the rain started pouring down. It sounded like some hail mixed in too. Then the wind picked up and was swirling and blowing rain everywhere. I ran from window, to back door to hallway, trying to shut off fans, close doors and generally keep the rain from blowing into the house or cause the fan to electrocute someone. It came in every direction in the space of about 10 minutes. No damage, besides the flower and tomato plants being sprawled out on the ground. Most of them have recovered.

The rain was much needed although unexpected. We got close to 3/4 an inch and have gotten close to another inch over the last few days. The sun was in and out of the clouds making everything glimmer and glisten.....

Even my Muck Boots.....

And just as I had begun to suspect, the Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow is.... hay!


Pat in TN said...

Neat pictures and description of your rain Tammy. It's been so long since we've had rain like that here ... oh my gosh. We did have some bad storms go around us the past couple of night though with only a slight sprinkle here. Our farmers got their first cutting of hay in quite a while ago but so far few, if any, have gotten a second cutting. It's going to be another sparse year.

Vicki Lane said...

Love the rainbow picture, Tammy! And the back door one is especially nice.

Nancy K. said...

what an AWESOME post!!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Lovely, artistic post. I think you missed your calling!

Tammy said...

Thank you again, you guys make blogging fun. :-) I'm trying to appreciate the small things once again, so having the blogging opportunity and the camera handy really helps!