Oh man, it has been unbearably hot and humid the last few days. Today it was 100 F with a heat index of 115 degrees. We have enjoyed spectacular sunsets, though, thanks to the terrible forest fires in Colorado.
The animals have been moving kind of slow, hanging out in the shade. The cows like to stand with their front hooves soaking in the kiddie pool, which I fill up with clean, cold water every day. Poor Lariat's due date was yesterday - I hope she goes into labor after this hot spell or at least during the night when it is a little bit cooler.
If you drove into our yard inteh afternoon lately you wouldn't even know we have poultry - all the birds are under bushes or buildings or in the barn seeking a shady spot.
We have three broody hens that I worry about - it's way too hot to be settled inside a plastic 5-gallon nesting bucket - but I can't dissuade them. Earlier this week we were surprised by a hen with a family of 10 pretty chicks - I have no idea where she secreted her nest.
The goose is pretty much full grown now and quite entertaining. She (or he?) is curious about everything. This morning she was playing with a feather.
Rog and Chad have made significant progress on the little garden shed despite the heat. Cedar shingles on the roof are completed, trim is installed, wainscoating applied on the bottom and narrow lap siding on the top. I have begun priming and painting.
Yesterday was our regular CSA box pick-up day, but since it was Independence Day, some members picked up Tuesday and some today. This week's contents included: fresh garlic, onions, Swiss chard, raspberries, either sweet banana peppers or French green beans, zucchini, and a bunch of mojito mint. Even though I started early in the morning, I was drenched sweat while harvesting for these boxes.
In September 2008, we dived into our dream of creating a small, sustainable farm. Neither of us has previous farming experience, but we have enthusiasm and many ideas for this little 10-acre farmstead.