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Rainy day update

Lucy in a muddy creekI wrote about the resumption of rainy weather yesterday afternoon, after Mark drove Joey's truck out to leave it across the creek and out of harm's way.  It seems like we made the right call.  Rain pounded on the roof all night, bringing our week's total up over 7 inches.  By the time I walked Lucy, the creek had risen from my ankle to my knee.

Hill through the fogI dawdled a bit more than I should have since I knew from the doppler radar that I only had about twenty minutes between cloudbursts.  But how could I resist trying to capture fog between the hills or a box turtle catching a huge leech right along the edge of the public road?  My dawdling was worthwhile --- two trucks of tree trimmers/chippers rolled by and I flagged them down to ask if they would dump some wood chips in our parking area.  They agreed (although they've agreed before, and no wood chips have shown up), so I scurried around to move our vehicles out of the way and give them a place to dump my biomass.

Now an hour had passed and the rain was pouring down.  The muddy creek had risen past the middle of my thigh, and at the rate the rain is still falling, I suspect we may attain flood conditions today.  I love the neverending excitement on our farm!

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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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I always get wood chips from the tree trimmers, depending on the load size, I offer them $10, $15, $20 (or whatever you have in your pocket). Money talks... try it.
Comment by zimmy Fri Aug 20 15:58:10 2010
That's what Mark said when I came in excited about wood chips (which never showed up.) I never have money in my pocket, but maybe I'll have to start carrying some around!
Comment by anna Fri Aug 20 17:33:23 2010
No picture of the turtle and the leech?
Comment by Heather Sat Aug 21 21:07:37 2010
I'm afraid that's the one that got away. Usually box turtles are good photography subjects and don't mind when I lean in close for a photo shoot, but this one was shy. When I arrived, he had a six inch leech clamped in his jaws, and the leech had grabbed onto the bank with one end and was trying to tug itself out of the turtle's mouth. But when I tried to take a photo, turtle head and leech both got sucked right into the turtle's shell.
Comment by anna Sun Aug 22 08:27:44 2010

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