weird. We seemed to have gone from winter to mid-summer. The high right now, at the very moment I am typing, is 92 in the shade. Being of Welsh, English, and a wee bit French descent, our folks don't take kindly to the combo of high temperatures and high humidity. I am laid low. I can only manage about 20 minutes outside before I am driven in to collapse under the fan. Needless to say, all to-dos are taking forever. I am disappointed that I won't get as much done as I had hoped, but things ARE getting done.
My card reader is acting up, so no pics can upload at the moment. The sheep are wading around in the nice, high green spot I have been saving for them - the hay supply is dangerously low and there is no hay to be found. It has rained so much, no one has been cutting to bale. Some farmers have just given up and are chopping it for fresh feed. It does make you re-think your livestock situation. I was going to keep three lambs, but it looks like I will only be keeping two. I think I can comfortably manage to feed six sheep and the fat llama. More would be too tight on supplies of both money and hay. Had my land been a bit larger, with more accessible pasture, it would be a different story. But, as they say, it is what it is.
I am planning on putting the garden in this weekend - I've been reading up on companion planting this year and am going to give it a try. Melanie and I finished the roof structure on the lattice house and I am working on getting it ready for the meat chickens. I've put two rabbits on craigslist, so I hope I can find homes for them. Once Little Sister has recovered from her sore hocks (oh, yes, something else to throw into the works - I wouldn't want to have everyone healthy and not needing daily special care....) she will be the next to go. They are beautiful red Angoras and will make great fiber rabbits.
We had a humdinger of a thunderstorm last night - the frantic clicking of Bernie's toe nails woke me up around 11:15 and then less than 10 minutes later the wind howled, lightning lit up the sky and then the rains came. It was fast and furious. I just laid there listening for large crashing sounds. There were none, so I went back to sleep. I was lucky - just lots of leaves and small branches down. Others lost whole trees.
Back to work. Hope you are all enjoying your long weekend and managing to have some fun!