We've reached the tipping point of summer...
where the humidity and the temperature are both in the 90's.
Evening thunderstorms drive moisture into the ground;
which then ascends the next afternoon, hanging in the air like a heavy velvet curtain.
Outside work, on days like these, is reserved for early morning and late evening.
Thankfully, the garden is receiving maximum water with minimal effort!
Yesterday afternoon, I packed three large coolers full of ice into my vehicle
and headed down the road. (explanation of coolers coming forthwith)
|The valley we live in is called Turkey Valley...I guess that explains the turkey!|
All of our country roads are edged by tiger lilies (or outhouse ...really sh**house lies)
...making for a beautiful drive.
I had received a call on Monday from our Amish neighbors that our
30 pasture raised chickens were being butchered and would be ready to pick up Wednesday at 1:00 sharp.
When this call comes, the calendar is cleared and vacuum-packaging and freezing chickens
becomes the task of the day (it's not something that can wait!).
Their farm is pristine...I would have loved to have taken pictures of their gardens and children;
but, out of respect, restrained myself.
Their horses (family mode of transportation) didn't mind the photo.
Three hours later, the chickens were safely stowed in our chest freezer...
ready to be turned into about 90 meals this winter (yes, they are BIG chickens!),
(Come November, I will return to the same farm to pick up two turkeys for Thanksgiving
and I headed out to do another blueberry picking... another three quarts.
Wilted and overheated, I decided to sit in the shade inside the donkey yard and visit with the girls.
The horses (not loving this heat) stay out of the hot sun.
Well, they don't seem to mind the heat at all.
I suppose since their ancestry is Sicily and Sardinia, they are built for the heat.
You might notice that Daphne (like our pony Scarlet) takes her fly mask off every chance she gets.
It's a full time job just keeping everyone's masks on!
BTW, I tried a new product...a roll on fly repellant by Absorbine (as some had suggested)
but found that the applicator just does not dispense enough liquid for adequate coverage.
In essence....it did not work for me.
So, fly masks are my first line of defense for the face.