Quite literally and figuratively this week!
Mornings, this week, have reminded me of autumn.
The sun rises through thick fog,
while a curtain of misty moistness hangs in the air above the ground.
The dew lingers until noon... the earth saturated from the rains of the previous two weeks.
I was caught quite by surprise yesterday as the mid-afternoon sky darkened
and thunder rumbled.
I was inside working on a new embroidery project and had no idea that a
storm had moved in.
Then the rain started... and it poured and poured....
dumping 2 ½ more inches onto the already soggy ground.
The water ran in rivers through the farm,
running from high ground to low ground with nothing in between to soak it up.
The lowest point of our farm is our pond.
Needless to say, it swelled until it almost crested...
rising to almost a foot above its normal level.
Of all the animals on the farm, the ducks are happiest when it rains.
(And by the way, our five remaining young mallards are still with us,
and doing great.... seemingly adopted by the domestic flock.)
The runner ducks and Ancona ducks can be found just about anywhere these days.
Their boundaries are widening daily.
The sight of anything different sends them scurrying back to the safety of their home...
running along like little men with their pants around their knees
and their hands in their pockets.
The horses and donkeys don't seem to mind sharing their dry lots with ducks...
hopefully no one will step on their little webby toes.
I mentioned yesterday that the second half of my Nigerian dynamic duo passed away.
We lost Star earlier this summer and Ash on Saturday night.
Then, yesterday morning we found Stella (Star's daughter and Ash's niece)
dead in the goat pasture.
She had not been sick, had shown no signs of distress... nothing.
We are completely dumbfounded by this.
Did she die of a broken heart?
I just have no idea why this happened.
She was the last of our Nigerian Dwarf goats.
And although she was the least friendly of any of our goats,
we will miss her quirky presence in the goat pasture....
and forever wonder why she died.
Yesterday was just one of those days...
when it rained... it poured.
Literally and figuratively.
More storms are predicted for today.
We may just have to build an ark!
To Karla... I chop my peppers with a vegetable chopper like this...
and it is the best vegetable chopper I have ever found.
Patsy from Illinois....could you email me your mailing address???
Your fairies left something behind that I really must send to you!