In the last 24 hours we have had hours of heavy rain accompanied by the roar of black thunder so loud and continuous that it became a white noise.
Lightning painted the sky in an installation of streaks again and again and again for the whole night. We have had tornado watches, flood warnings and deeply silent farm animals all in the space of one not too sleepy night.
At last, after a watchful night, we are close to dawn, and the rain has abated to a gentler flow, allowing the sounds of insects and early morning birds to begin.
Before I go off to work I will lock the cows up on the concrete pad. The meat chickens have a good cover but we will still need to be mindful of deep puddles as they are pulled through the grass
The day before yesterday the farmers spread a great amount of organic chicken manure onto our fields and tilled it in. ( it was unbelievably stinky). Very soon now they will plant the red clover cover crop then the Turkey Red wheat straight into that. Hopefully the rain will abate long enough for this to happen before winter starts to awake and cast her eye about.
How many times so far this season have I started a blog post with the words – soaked.
I am thinking we will be getting a lot of snow this winter. Already I am working on bringing Aunty Del’s milk production down so we can dry her up by Christmas. Milking through this winter won’t work for a number of reasons. The pump is on it’s last legs and I will not have time to carry it through the snow. And co-worker has already announced that he will not milk in the winter. So I have devised a plan.
Time to get to work.
What are you doing with your weekend?