|And the sensor is in the shade.|
It's official. This is my least favorite summer in recent memory. Too much heat. Too little rain. WAY too much humidity. It takes all my energy to move from one sticky chair to another. I finally threw in the soggy towel and ordered a portable air conditioner with sufficient BTUs to actually cool the living area. I was lucky, as it was on sale and I got 18 months of zero financing. Still, it was not on my budget list. At least I feel I have my life back.
|The "where is my blanket" look.|
The garden is enjoying the weather - unfortunately, I only last about ten minutes in the 99% humidity before I cry "uncle"! This has left the weeds, snails and slugs to run rampant. It has also led to some amazing finds in the squash plants (baseball bat-sized zucchini, anyone?) I think I have managed to access my photos, so hold onto your socks.
|Savory Zucchini & Cheddar Scones|
I have started to work through my zucchini recipes - I have amassed quite a few over the years. So far, there have been Mediterranean Zoodles, zucchini pizza crust pizza, savory scones (my favorite, so far), lemon zucchini bread (GF), zucchini fritters and, next up to bat, savory zucchini and ricotta pie. I am impatiently awaiting the ripening of my tomatoes so that I can try a creamy tomato bake, with hollowed out, ripe tomatoes stuffed with herbs, ricotta and parm, baked and then topped with a Mediterranean style dressing. With even a reasonably successful garden, the possibilities are endless!
These photos were taken in the beginning of July, so multiply the green by 50. I will get out and take pictures this weekend, if it's not too brutal. There is so much to do outside, too. It ain't fair, I tell ya! I finally managed to find someone to rebuild my fence, but now am faced with material shortages and have posts being delivered, but no fencing panels - ETA unknown.
There has been an abundance of many things here - some good, some no so. There is a bumper crop of crows, sparrows, hummers and chipmunks. A huge grey owl has moved into the wooded area nearby. Apparently, there's a bumper crop of red-tailed hawks and wild turkeys, too. And, for the first time in years,we have raccoons. Joy. The chipmunk problem has seemed to have lessened - probably because of the hawk population. The crows help protect the hens from the hawks, as they hate them and raise a holy ruckus when any are within range. They are much more reliable than the rooster, who is as sharp as a marble. I am still going through over a cup and a half of hummer nectar every day, although it seems to be slowing down slightly. There are sparrows everywhere, much to Lovey's consternation and Slimmie's excitement. I have heard the owl for the past month - checking its call against my bird app (I do love some aspects of technology). If I had any doubts, they were dispelled when I trotted out to the sheep enclosure a few mornings ago to find a headless rabbit. It was a large rabbit and, apparently, owls take the best bits (contained in the head) and leave the rest, when their prey is too big to carry. If that doesn't put you off your breakfast, I don't know what would.
A week ago, I had put an empty waterer on top of the chicken's feed dish to keep out the critters overnight. When I came out the next morning, the waterer was six feet away. Social distancing or raccoon?
|Notice the telltale sign in the|
'bottom of the duck's pool
All doubt was gone when, a few days ago, I heard the duck alarm again, without crows, and went out to find a Corgi-sized raccoon climbing down the fence into the chicken yard. It wasn't even dark! I scared him off and then had a heck of a time getting the ducks and remaining chickens into the safety of the coop for the night. Herding cats or pushing string, comes to mind. Yesterday, again before dusk, the ducks set off the alarm again, and there he/she was on the roof of the coop, on its way down. This time I went for the air rifle and managed to put a pellet in its butt. I'm hoping it was enough of a dissuasion to have it look for another opportunity elsewhere.