The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Return of the rain

Doppler radarWednesday morning, the doppler radar looked like this.  We'd had 5 inches of rain already in the past week, the alligator swamp was filling back up, and the main creek was once more creating a waterfall off the edge of the ford.  Clearly, our three week dry season had come to an abrupt end.

At times like this, I feel like I'm always a step or two behind the weather, scurrying to catch up.  I'd just gotten into the swing of drying fruit without a dehydrator and would have liked to continue my success with tomatoes.  I also had another Rainy afternoon outside the kitchen windowweek's worth of hauling on Mark's agenda.  But the weather has mandated that we shift gears, so we will --- on to weeding and mowing, planting the last of the fall crops, and maybe finally finishing the shed.

To be fair, drippy summer afternoons when I'm just barely chilled in a t-shirt and shorts are probably on my top ten list of favorite times.  The rain encloses me in a cocoon of gray noise and my mind becomes so clear I can feel deep thoughts gelling in the corners.

Rainy days give Mark time to work on his inventions, like his homemade chicken waterer that now graces coops in every state in the union.


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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