Monday, June 8, 2009

Rain, Rain, Go Away!


Garlic Chives in Bloom



Well, I made it up to the farm yesterday. All by myself. No big deal except it is the first time since the accident that I've done this. I took a back way around Rockford & being Sunday, Madison wasn't too busy.



It was only 58 degrees. The forecast predicted storms for later in the evening so I got busy right away in the garden. Miller Nurseries out of New York sent me replacement strawberries for the 25 that didn't survive planting so I did that first then weeded all the strawberries. Mowing was next. That took about three hours. The orchard was looking neglected so the clippers came out & I trimmed around all the trees. Finishing up around 8:30, I came inside to call Steve, eat something for dinner and check the weather. Organic cantaloupe from the co-op along with some raw cheddar cheese (Organic Valley), a fire in the wood stove and I was all set. It started thundering as I was reading the local paper. The forecast was now a warning for severe storms, lots of dangerous lightening, high winds. Fun. I really don't like storms that much but I was a brave farmer and read until the storm was over (about 12:30 am) before nodding off. Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey is a great book if you get the chance to read it.



This morning I awoke to cloudy skies. I dreamt that it had snowed a couple inches so I was very happy to see green grass :-)


Now it is raining steady and the weeding will have to wait. Maybe until tomorrow. I was planning on going home tomorrow. I'll have to play it by ear. Everything is coming up in the garden, but if I don't weed, the next time I'm here I won't be able to see the plants.


I'll go up to see Eli, Lizzie & the kids next door later and wait for the rain to stop...

9 comments:

angie said...

Good for you Barb for making the trip alone. Congratulations.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Sounds like we have the same weather. Cold and windy with some rain and thunder. If June is bad and cold here, July usually is the opposite so I´m hoping for that!
Have a greate day now!
Christer.

Zan Asha said...

Good that you could get there alone, and get some things done..love the pic of the green valley with the horses!

PatQ said...

I'm so glad you made it there alone! What an accomplishment. And it looks so peaceful there.

fullfreezer said...

I'm proud of you for making the trip by yourself. That's a big step. Keep up the good work.
I'm ready for the rain to stop here as well. I have things I want to do.
Judy

Edain: said...

Well done, taking the trip alone. Proud of ya hun! :)

Heidi said...

OH send the rain NORTH!!! we need it and have only had a little bit the last couple of days.. It helps but we need a good 1 week soaker!!! I wanted to slap you when you said the 4 letter word
S N O W....

Anne Marie said...

yes, the perils of midwest gardening...and all this colder weather must be global warming ;)

that storm that came through was a doozy this way! sideways-hail-highwinds-
glad to see your farm survived- and you are stronger than I am up there all by yourself!

Barb and Steve said...

Thanks everyone!