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Rain,rain Go Away!

OK…enough is enough!  I like a good rainy day from time to time.  It gives you a reason to pause and take a breath before you get back to crazy “normal” life.  But this is really awful.  I just want to crawl into bed with a cuppa tea and a good book.  But NO…we have to be out in it, move wet sheep, move fence in ankle deep standing water, put down several bales of straw in the greenhouse because the Cornish birds are floating away.  3.5 inches came down on Friday. Ay-yi-yi!  And it’s dark — inside, outside — it’s dark all the time!  And now my crazy husband is mowing the lawn in the rain!

With no chance of seeing the sun in the next few days, Jim decided to mow in the rain.

With no chance of seeing the sun in the next few days, Jim decided to mow in the rain.

  Apparently this is as good as it’s going to get all week so nows the time.  On to other stuff…

Good news — On a day when it wasn’t raining…can’t remember exactly when that was…I planted a bunch of stuff in the little herb garden.  So now we have flat & curly parsley, sage, rosemary, 2 kinds of thyme (Simon & Garfunkel comes to mind) some tarragon and greek oregano.  And because you can never have enough basil…8 basil plants — but something ate 2 of them so now there are 6.  And I also put in an echinacea plant.  The lemon balm and chives live on…

Plants are in place and I'm watching for the return of the dreaded bamboo.

Plants are in place and I'm watching for the return of the dreaded bamboo.

the only survivors from the previous plot.  I’ve already begun to see bamboo poking through the soil but I’m on it!  I will not let it get a hold this time!!

Also on a day when it wasn’t raining, I went to visit my friend Paula.  She and her husband have a wonderful farm in Swanville (ME) where they’re raising grassfed beef and lamb as well as marketing their fleeces, pelts and the blankets they have made.  All very nice!  Their sheep are mostly crosses but many are a good percentage Coopworth.  They’ve bought a couple of rams from us and from other Coop folks, too. What a

Paula and her two attentive dogs

Paula and her two attentive dogs

 beautiful spot they have…and they’re so fortunate to have many acres for rotational grazing.

The dogs help Paula gather the ewes & their lambs.
The dogs help Paula gather the ewes & their lambs.

I started writing this post last week before we headed out to Cincinnati for our niece’s wedding but am just finishing it now, 7/3.  My wish for some sun has been granted today and it looks like we might have a partly sunny day for the big holiday!

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