Monday, June 11, 2012

Dry days, sweet days

Here in northern Illinois we have had very little rain.  The grass hasn't been cut since May 23 & 24 and at the rate things are going, it could be another week before it's necessary.  This kind of dryness does not normally happen until August. If it's dry and hot now what will it be like in a couple months??

The garden is doing well, potato plants are flowering, the corn is about calf high, and the cauliflower plants have heads about the size of a half dollar.  My mother-in-law has been adding plants and seeds all over the garden.  She also bought a hydrangea plant for me which is doing pretty well considering the dry weather.
wild raspberries are ripening now (taken earlier this spring)

Travis and Arliss went exploring in the machine shed and I soon heard the tell-tale sound of a metal drum being moved.  I came out to find the old watering trough being washed and prepared for a soaking tub.  They also came across styrofoam pieces that were about 2 1/2 feet long, 1 1/2 feet wide and about 3-4 inches thick.  This was quickly tested for buoyancy and  after a little preparation the boys took Rufus and Rover on the leash and headed off to the pond to see how well it floated.  They also took 5 gallon buckets with lids for extra buoys.  After 2 1/2 hours they returned, sunburned (even though they took the sunscreen) and thrilled that they were able to use the styrofoam as a raft.  I foresee many trips back to the pond during the rest of the summer.

Even when the temperatures say 90+ it doesn't feel that hot here.  Out in the country the breezes blow freely and the house has large shade trees to block most of the sunshine from the west.

The cows are now in the back pasture and loving the "wide open" freedom of two pastures and the lane between.  They can spend their days under the trees in the pasture behind the barn and the open cool of the back pasture in the evening.

where there is water you will find the ducks
The sweet clover is blooming and filling the air with sweet vanilla,  the birds are chirping and singing in the trees all around.  The ducks are growing and maturing.  One of the Rouen ducks has discovered that it can fly and has done quite well much to the surprise of all of us.  The Pekin ducks are unable to fly as they are "too fat to fly" but they try from time to time.  It's rather a hoot to see them try to get off the ground.

I hope all is well with you and yours.  Sending love and sunshine-filled kisses from the farm.

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