Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Something About Rain
There's cause and effect. The rain this summer has nearly reached some older record totals. Sometimes, like this evening, it sort of sweeps through- a brief, wild rage (it's red on radar) - and then it's gone. Other days, including weekends, it comes and stays awhile. And it's colder than it probably should be, although I'd be the last to complain about that!
So things are still growing here on WillOaks Farm. The colors continue to both shock and please the eyes in parts of the gardens. The layers, such as I noted in earlier studies, continue to change and evolve. They are often quite bright and warm these days.
Our pastures, without horses at this time, and loaded with mature grasses, take on the subtle beige and golden tones of ripened grain. The corn is well over 7 feet tall and ears are maturing well, despite being planted at least 3 or 4 weeks later than preferred.
And even planters and window boxes thrive, despite my often benign neglect...all thanks to rain that has truly blessed us this year. Yes, there have been years past, in fact just about 3 years ago, when drought was the name of the summer. Our pond dropped a good 2 feet below the normal edge. Everything became quite parched. Crops suffered.
But not this year. The water table is high and the wells still taste sweet. There's really just something about rain....something to be grateful for....