Due to the fact that there is no hay on the ground, all these black clouds were just that. Dark broody black clouds that growled as they passed by but delivered no rain. Unlike many other farmers in the area we are not too dry yet but I feel murmurings about a dry summer ahead. Much of the surrounding recently planted fields are already too with dust endlessly blowing in the air and roadside grass heading up into seed too early. Other hay fields have not struck. Pastures are not growing. We have been very lucky so far.
Funny how rain from the sky is perceived so differently when there is no hay laid out to dry on the land.
The green hay we baled ahead of the rain on Saturday is still hanging in there. Anna and I rolled every single green hay bale over yesterday. Anything that is still too heavy was flagged for feeding out soon. All the doors and windows are open in both barns but the ones drying the fastest are the ones I laid out on the hay rack and parked in the crib across the way. With both sets of big doors open (or broken) the breeze flies straight through.
Still we are feeding out as much as we can to the cows each day. Talk about feast and famine.
Yesterday Anna accompanied me on one of my rare trips to town and we stocked up on fencing supplies. Today we will extend a small field out into one of the hay fields. This will give me three good-sized fields over at the West Barn. Then we will plant more trees along the boundary and it is ready to go.
Because of the peacocks who love to sit on new cars, my guests are offered car covers. Funny how the birds totally ignore the cars when covered – the moment the shininess is uncovered they fly over to roost on them. That would be fine if you could deal with the peacock poop, but these big birds never dismount gracefully, instead they kind of slide off the bonnet with their claws scrabbling leaving long scratches all the way down and they LOVE clean black vehicles. So I keep a few covers on hand.
Tuesday is harvest day. I sold a lot of rhubarb this week amongst other things.
OK! Lots to do.
Tuesday 0% Precip. / 0 in
Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. High near 75F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday Night 10% Precip. / 0 in
A clear sky. Low 54F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.