Shine then Rain

It was hot again yesterday, stinking hot, even the chickens declined the outside and stood about in front of their fan for the afternoon. 

Though they still laid their two dozen eggs right on queue.

The temperatures bleached the sky yesterday. The heat reached up into the high 90’s again, not unusual around here but not usual for June, and the farm went very still and very quiet.  

Then in the evening right at dinner time (rosemary potato pancakes) it rained, then poured, the thunder boomed and the lightening crackled, the wind  built into a squall,  then the storm drew in a huge breath and down the rain came in sheets.

The chickens stood at their windows, the piglets twirled in circles laughing and leaping as they rain inside, and the cows lumbered out into the center of the field, the calf dancing behind them and stood with their tails to the wind, drenched, cool at last.

I dared not look at my garden, the rain is so welcome but the big wind behind a heavy downpour (check the instagram below) not so much, not for the little seedlings. But this rain came just in time for the emerging alfalfa we top sowed into the hay field last month.  I will walk out and look again later this morning.

This morning smells divine with that particular brand of impossible to bottle post rain freshness. Soon it will be post rain humidity but for a little while it will be fresh and clean.

I hope you have a lovely day.

Love celi

Weather forecast. Hot and windy then maybe wet and windy with thunder.

Wednesday 06/14 60% / 0.38 in
Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe. High around 85F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Wednesday Night 06/14 60% / 0.15 in
Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe. Low 68F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.


36 Comments on “Shine then Rain

  1. My egg lady says her chicken stop laying when it gets too hot – she she’d get them some fans 🙂

  2. We could do with one of those drenching rains … dust hanging in the air here. Laura

  3. Love the video of the rain on Instagram! I could put that on repeat and listen to it all day…. except it makes me want to run to the ladies room…. um – better not. 🙂 100 degrees this week in IL? I’m still shocked from yesterday’s post.

  4. Everything looks so beautifully rich and lush. Fingers crossed for your new plantings. Hope your day’s a good one too! ~ Mame 🙂

  5. It is such a pleasure to read your posts every morning, thank you for letting us in on this beautiful little slice of farm life! The way you describe it, I can almost smell that fresh rain scent myself. ☺️

  6. We have been selling eggs lately… the girls are laying record numbers! I envy your rain. We could surely use some here, but not the hail and storms you’ve been getting in the north.

  7. Lovely impressions! And what a heaven sent rain ist 🙏🏻 🌧💦🌧

  8. Lovely to see someone else’s rain, now we’re finally in the Dry, and it’s cooler. You’re right about the wonderful smell of rain on hot dry earth; someone could make a fortune if they could find a way to bottle it!

  9. When it rains, it pours. :/ I will take that over that unbearable heat any day. Loved the video on your Instagram. Hope all is well in the garden. Wishing you a wonderfilled day.

  10. Sure wish it’d rain like that here! We could use it! My beautiful black beauty bell peppers that were all ready to go in the ground got munched by a groundhog last week. Then it’s been nothing but hot and dry since so I’ve had to keep them watered so they could recover. The temps dropped about 10 degrees(f) but no rain yet. Fingers crossed for today.

  11. The smell of rain coming is wonderful too. Also great for us city folks–the smell of new-mown grass.

  12. Looks like you had yourself a bonafide gullywasher… they say in Texas.

  13. We walked outside yesterday – and it’s here: that oppressive wall of heat and humidity.
    Nothing quite as nice as a farm after a rain…it is a signature freshness

  14. J > I don’t like heat – but can live with it for a while. I don’t care for humidity – but I’ve learned to cope. But heat and humidity? I just want to lie down and sleep. Or I could come over to your place and chill out with the chickens in front of their fan.

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