Maple sugar time is upon us and because of the freaky weather we may not get to make any this year. It’s either raining or icing our world and we’re sure the sap has come up but we’re expecting 20 degree weather over the weekend and next week.
This is a tree tapping we did last year.
Pints and quarts of heavenly fresh maple syrup in 2018
We’re still waiting on the heifers to drop their babes but have only had one of fourteen to calve so far.
The one little calf needs/wants a playmate so much. Today he was running laps around his mom for fun!
Goodbye February! We’re anticipating the March winds, have had enough showers so April can be semi-wet and bring in some of those beautiful May flowers!!!
Yesterday and Saturday the rains were pouring down and the fields were saturated and overflowing.
Today it’s almost back to normal.
Thursday morning the timber was frozen and the ground was covered with ice.
The next day it’s totally different!
We are having a whirlwind spring or end of winter and we don’t know from one day to the next what the temperature will be. Last night we were experiencing 35-60 mile per hour wind gusts. Thankfully there was no damage to anything that we have found. We deal with this while waiting on baby calves to be born!! Farming is a challenge, especially beginning this year.
This heifer delivered her new babe on one of the worst days of the rain and cold winds.
This little black-white faced bull is a survivor!!
We’re not especially covered up with farm work at the moment due to the very wet weather and cold winds. As most farms are this time of year, we normally would be working on fences, cutting next years firewood, trimming damaged trees and pruning fruit trees. All of that work is not being completed now because we can’t get anywhere on the farm for the mud. It’s so easy to get hung up even feeding the cattle. When I go to the henhouse in the afternoon I wear my knee top rubber boots and the mud is so slimy and thick that it tries to suck my boots off. The ducks have issues getting to and from their water sources and the chickens stay close to the henhouse because their feet get caked with mud! We’ve had record rainfall and this week is loaded with more rain, ice and snow. We’re very anxious about this due to 14 heifers (cow that hasn’t had a calf) due to deliver beginning today.
March 17, 2018 and we have a huge thunder and lightning show around 8:30 last night. We were sitting in the living room watching TV and I saw the flash and heard the boom immediately and it just about rolled us out of our recliners!!! I jumped up fast and ran to the computer to unplug everything, hoping it wasn’t too late. In the past I’ve had three computers, phones and phone jacks burnt up by lighting rolling through our phone lines.
It’s a beautiful sunny morning on the farm today!! Chilly but gorgeous!
It’s so hard to believe how green everything is. We expecting more winter weather on Wednesday and hoping all of those spring calves come before or after this weather gets here. Hubby is out feeding now and checking the fences to make sure the lightning did not hit the fence chargers. It does that a lot around here when we have these storms. When we know the storms are close and coming our way we unplug the chargers.
This little gal was the first of the year born on March 4th. She can run like the wind and keeps her mama in a tither all the time.
But for this Sunday we will enjoy and feel blessed to have such a glorious day! Yes, there’s lots of mud but we will take the rain soaking up our fields, pastures and garden for now.
I think I’ll cook up some fresh trout, pinto beans and fried potatoes for our dinner tonight which will top of the spring day!
They came and went and now the cold will return. The skies are awesome to watch from the hill behind the house right before a storm brings in the cold spring rain! It left us with 2.5 inches of rain so far in May. Those beautiful green pastures are welcome sight to us and the cows.
I left work this morning with it raining again. The weatherman says there a possibility of flash flooding again. We still have less than half of our hay put up but already have almost as much hay as we did last year rolled. I keep telling my kids that if we have as much snow this coming winter as we had rain this summer that we should all be preparing for lots of quiet time at home by the wood stove and possibly without electricity. I think I’m going to prepare both of them an emergency weather kit for their homes just in case. It’ll be up to them to fill the food cabinets and prepare for some kind of heat. Here’s the rain guage as of last Sunday:
7 1/2 inches as of July 28, 2013
I know it’s hard to read but we’re just 1/10th of an inch from 7 1/2 inches for July. We got 6 1/2 in June and 5 1/2 in May. Rained expected today, all day should put us up to the 8 inch mark and more rain expected the first day of August. What will we get if hurricanes come up the coast in September and October like they normally do? Do I sound like a “worry-wart”?? The sunshine sure did feel good Monday and Tuesday. Keep those umbrellas handy!!
We have a beautiful pond in front of the yard and it’s full of fish. It’s deepest part is about eight feet, I think. On good days when there’s not pollen and it not cloudy you can see the fish swimming around. We have perch, bass and blue gill in the pond. We also have some massive carp to keep the pond clean.
Picnic table and boat house full of fishing gear.
I love the gazebo but my favorite part of the pond is riding around in our pedalboat. Hubby bought it for me for Mother’s Day a few years ago. Last year we didn’t bring it out of storage but this year we did and I had high hopes of spending a good deal of time in it reading and relaxing.
All cleaned up and ready to float.
It seats four comfortably and can seat three up front and two in the back. There’s cup holders built in and a cubby hole in the back for books, towels, food, drinks.
Well, I haven’t been it but once since we brought it out of storage and that was to empty the rain water out of it so it wouldn’t sink. It’s been horrible boating weather even on a small pond. It has a lovely canopy that goes over the top to shade you from the rays of the sun.
With tomorrow being the first day of August I’m hopeful that the sun will be seen more and we can play on the pond as we have in the past.
I love to work in the garden early in the morning or late in the evening after the sun has gone behind the mountain. Hubby does most of the gardening in the last three years and I’ve help do the harvesting and putting away for winter stores. This year doesn’t seem to be much of a gardening year. I noted in an earlier post that we had gotten unusual amounts of rain for our area and cooler temps and that we hadn’t been able to get our hay harvest complete. Well, we haven’t had much luck gardening either. This is what a garden is NOT supposed to look like.
Anybody see any beans in this mess? Weeds will grow with plenty of rain and no sunshine!
Corn that should be four or five feet tall is barely a foot tall.
Eggplant is beautiful but the weeds are starting to choke them out.
Easy to find the mole beans!
Hubby decided it will be best to salvage the onions and potatoes. We started pulling onions because some are rotting in the ground. He pulled one row and I laid them out to dry and we’ll pray they dry good and keep over the winter.
This is the best onion crop we’ve had in a long time.
These all came from one row in the garden and most of them are white onions.
Most of them are nice 3-4 inch heads.
The end of the row had a few red onions. The other row we haven’t pulled is yellow and red onions.
Hubby dug a two hills of potatoes to check on their growth and to make sure they weren’t rotting too. They’re much nicer than last years crop and they’re Yukon Gold potatoes.
New potatoes from the garden.
We’re not terribly concerned about our lack of a garden this year though we love to be fixing fresh vegies straight out of the garden but we have so much canned goods in the cellar from last year that is still so good. We definitely won’t go hungry this winter.
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