June 14, 2013

Friday Follow-Up

This week:

-- We won't have any plums or nectarines this year; those late freezes that hit while the trees were blooming nipped the fruit in the bud, so to speak. Only one apple tree and one peach tree have fruit. Since we had constant rain during the week the blackberries were blooming, I'm not counting on many of those either. Blackberries set fruit best in hot, dry weather.

-- I stopped on my way up the hill from the horse barn one morning to watch a ruby-throated hummingbird sip from the arrowhead clover blossoms. I haven't seen one in years.

-- I'm working little by little on clipping Juliet's coat. She looks like the StayPuffed Marshmallow man and she'll be too hot very soon. I started with scissors, doing as much as she'll let me do each day.

This photo is from autumn last year. Try to imagine her with TWICE as much hair!

-- Folks are baling hay, and thankfully the yield is plentiful. It dried out just in time and for just long enough. Yesterday we took our trailer over to our friend's house to be loaded up with square bales; she'll call me when it's loaded and ready to bring home. Our rain chances start again next week; it would be wonderful to have enough rain for a late cutting this year. Driving past full ponds and fields full of round bales of hay is a wonderful thing, for which I am very thankful!

-- One evening we found this outside:

We sometimes see one tarantula a year - but we've seen more snakes, scorpions, and other wildlife this year - so I'm curious to see if we'll see more of these as well. When full-grown, these Oklahoma Brown spiders can be more than three inches long, the size of this one. Female tarantulas can live up to 35 years; males live 7-12 years. They eat lots of bugs, which makes them ok in my book!

-- Also in the yard this week: an armadillo, a garter snake, tiny toads, and the smell of a skunk.

-- From Granny Miller, a blog of agrarian life and skills, some worthwhile info about the hardest part of homesteading: Small Animal & Livestock Euthanasia on the Homestead – What You Need To Know


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  1. I'm not going to have any plums this year either, but the strawberries are loving all the rain. We've started cutting hay too, and the smell is heavy in the air. I just love it!

  2. Tammy, isn't the scent of hay a wonderful thing? One of my favorite smells. I'm so thankful for the rain and this year's hay, after two years of serious drought.


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