Yesterday we received over an inch of rain. Oh. Happy New Year! In America! Sorry, keep forgetting things like that. The social niceties! Anyway we got over an inch -there is so much water in the ground and so little evaporation at this time of year.When spring comes we will be in great shape! Manu and Molly racing in for dinner.
Thought I would show you another unsightly angle.
Nothing I can do about this one – that mess is all thanks to Mother Nature. Why nature was designated female I have no idea. The ancient ones are to blame for that. Her fickleness? The fact that she does not like to tidy up. Her wild growth in all directions. Or maybe it is her vulnerability to mankind’s whims.
Anyway the water troughs are full. Thank you Mrs.
My cows are soaked and in a mood because no- one cleaned out their INdoors while I was away. I am coming – I will start today Tia and Del.
They can’t get new straw until I have some of the proverbial cleaned out. I might bring the tractor through for the concrete pad. Nothing is draining this year.
This time last year we were -17c I was in New Zealand drinking coffee at the beach with my sister.
Let’s look at today’s weather.
Remember weather and climate are not the same thing. The changes in weather are symptoms, if you like, of the climate changing. And there have been many contributing factors to the changes in our climate. We are only in charge of our own contribution. But there are things we can do. Pollution is a word we cannot ignore. You and I have cut down on single use plastic and unnecessary gasoline consumption (the two things I know I can personally contribute) – live small and thoughtfully, I work to heal the land with small scale farming. I have made definite changes this year – I will never use a plastic toothbrush again. Or Saran Wrap – we call it Gladwrap in NZ – ( we never had it as kids so it is not a hardship for me) or paper towels – once again – pretty easy.
I find – for me – it is easy to nominate concrete changes I can make – concrete is a massive contributor to warming up an area. I never buy prepackaged vegetables for instance – for a number of reasons but that useless plastic tray is one of them.
Now, I know how hard it is to be the only one in your household who cares. But don’t worry about preaching to them or changing them – we do what you/I can do. Make our own quiet changes. Let’s be the change we want to see.
Anyway – help me. What else can I easily adapt into my routine of thoughtful plastic use. It does not have to be a big change. Remember the hummingbird. Be the hummingbird.