SOLVED

I have run all kinds of scenarios through my head this season – trying to come up with a solution for the tweeny ducklings so they could have shelter and a run.

It was not going to work putting them in with the big ducks – even in their own enclosure. The big ducks took one look at the changes to their house and refused to go in.

So I pushed the chicken tractor up against one of the chickens summer shade houses and cut a hole through the back.

Now the ducklings are on higher ground ( if anything here could be called higher) and have they enough shelter so they can all get out of the rain. (And the sun if it ever gets a chance to shine. This should hold them for a few weeks yet.

I awoke this morning to the feel of hard and heavy rain on my face. I had the windows by the bed wide open and did not get them closed in time. The skies just turned the hoses on and fireman-sprayed everything hard. So now the bed is stripped and the carpet covered in towels. I put my ever-present wet’n dry oil skin raincoat over my nightie, put on my gumboots and rushed out through the downpour to let the cows into the barn. I know that they would be fine but I hate milking sopping wet cows. Cows don’t shake to speak of. And that poor wee calf.

At least an inch of warm wet heavy rain fell in the ten minutes it took me to finish my mission. Everything is sloshing wet again. What a mess. We had a whole day without rain yesterday too.

But at least we are not being hounded by tornadoes. We have had quite a few tornado watches and only a couple of warnings but no actual tornadoes.

Everyone is working on drought resistant crops. What about when we can’t get a tractor on the field. Aerial crops maybe. My garden has not even really begun. Everything in there so far is waterlogged, washed away or pale from over watering or not even planted. I have finished picking asparagus- the weeds are quite simply beating me out. I can’t keep up with the weeding. Now that it is warm they are growing as fast as the asparagus.

Thank goodness I have a job now. Depending on the farm for food this year would have been a disaster.

The average rainfall for this area for the month of May is 4 inches. We have had over twenty and it is still raining. I am not even going to discuss the flooded basement- the sump pump run every few minutes but the water keeps seeping in.

Time to go out and milk the sodden sodding cow.

Cecilia

20 Comments on “SOLVED

  1. We have had the tornadoes here. In addition to heaven knows how much rain, we have had two twisters touch down within about 10 miles of our house within the last week. We are fine and thank goodness there have been no injuries or deaths and relatively little damage because of them, nothing like in some parts of the country, but the weather has been just wild.

  2. I love watching your problem-solving brain at work. You can always come up with a solution.

    We need to find a way to do a rainfall transfer… it is so hot and dry here in NC that my cisterns are empty and my garden and yard are sulking. First time I’ve ever had an issue with empty cisterns in May.

  3. So crazy! And yet there are many people that do not believe we are in a climate change crisis. I believe they have their heads stuck in the sand or mud or fire! Depends where you live as to what is the new normal! In Alberta we now have fire season and it has begun early this year. Will push our warm dry winds to you Celi!

  4. :/
    I remember in 2007 I swore we had forty days of rain in June. Torrential downpours every day near 11am, 4pm, and once in the wee hours.

    I think this May (and late April as well) have been much the same.

    Perhaps you could grow rice?

  5. Outrageous that with all you have to do you have to contend with a soaked face and bed! Never mind the infernal basement the fields the duckling situation the the the! Yes and “there’s no climate crisis “. Eeks!

  6. Getting very tired of being soggy here too. While the grass is a lovely green, it is a lovely squishy green and growing fast… like some weeds and then there is the muggy humidity and all of the bugs that seem to have come out of nowhere. Morning miss c… t

  7. This is interesting. Living east of San Francisco, we are lucky if we get 14-18 inches per year, in the three months of our winter season (this year was wet, for us, too – more like 25 inches!). It’s hard to imagine getting that much in one month, in a place that gets rain all year. Sounds like farmers will have to figure out how to cope with this, as things will get even more extreme as we move further into the results of climate change. Maybe some will switch to rice, instead of wheat and corn? Or maybe there are old varieties that can stand in water. It’s going to take some out-of-the-box thinking. Meanwhile my heart hurts for all that the midwest has experienced this year. Sigh.

  8. A self-possessed force of nature you, not shaking your fist at the sky (well, maybe muttering) but making things work under its dispensation. It is telling that you even sleep almost outside. I had that opportunity as a child–screened porch, no AC–and love the thought of it now although then it was just what you did, managing by blending and not even thinking about that because there was work to do next day, or for us in the summer, play. I find a bit of a sense of play in your work, the way you talk about it, and that is inspiring. The images that you send are too. That last one, the somber but steady lines leading us on towards the possibility of light– lovely.

    • Love this description of the final picture — made me go back and take another look and you’re​ right, it’s a very hopeful pic!

  9. I know I shouldn’t laugh but I loved the, now to go and milk the sodden sodding cow. Made me chuckle. Sorry. 😂

  10. Meant to say “under its various dispensations.” Nothing stands stll outside for long.

  11. Glad you’ve solved the duckling issue. Yeah, we’re suffering from a ton of rain too but not the tornados etc that you guys are going through. I really hope it stops soon for the farmers.

  12. Well, if the Australian news media spend 20% of the day’s world news time on showing photos and maps of the rain and tornadoes in the US we get the idea: shan’t complain of our measly unseasonal gales . . . .glad you do have the job tho’ what will you be sending out after this so far non-growing season . . . . . .

  13. Same here, you can watch the grass grow overnight. I’m starting to pray now for 4 or 5 dry sunny days in a couple of weeks so the hay can come in.

  14. I know it’s grim with all the rain, but had to laugh with “cows don’t shake” It’s true and I’d never though of it before….I can just see it…
    Hugs and courage sent!

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