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Six inches in seven days

Wet autumn woods

A week ago, the ground was so dry that I was considering turning on the sprinklers to get our last round of lettuce seeds germinated in a timely manner.  Since then, it's rained and rained and rained.  Six inches in seven days, enough that we spent five of those days flooded in.

Yellow hickory leavesI soon settled into donning wet clothes whenever I went outside --- better to have only one set of damp pants and tops strewn around the trailer, even though pulling on clammy clothing is never fun.  Otherwise, though, the rain isn't too difficult, especially since it gives me the gumption to edit (my least favorite part of writing, but more palatable when the alternative is getting soaked).

I wouldn't mind a dry spell soon, though (just in case the weather gods are reading this blog post).  Now's prime leaf-raking weather, but it's not worth hauling wet leaves home for bedding the coops and mulching the garden, so the first fall of early leaves is going to waste at the moment.  The goats seem less scared of rain than I'd thought, their annoyed bleating when stuck in the tractor more closely correlated to the amount of honeysuckle present than to rainfall, but I know they'd be happier if it were dry.  Even our water dog has been spending a lot of time in her doghouse, and our younger rooster has a long-suffering look about him as he minds his puddle-loving ducks.

I know that many of you are currently facing drought conditions.  I'd send you some of this rain if I could!  In the meantime, can you send us some sunny thoughts in exchange?

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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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Your photos are so-o beautiful--save them!! I do sympathize with your having to put on wet clothes!! You actually do have some space on your porch to string up a line, which would help them dry, if there were a draft--you even have a fan there, too!! Or you could have a small fire inside? Don't forget that sometimes you can roll clothes in towels, to wick up the dampness. Then hanging them up as high as possible, with clothespins, is so much better than just draping over a chair!

There's sun here, this a.m. so I've already forgotten the worse extended rainy days. I hope your feet do dry out!!

Comment by adrianne Wed Oct 15 08:21:35 2014
Did you get the truck out of the mud? If not this will not help.
Comment by Gerry Wed Oct 15 12:54:02 2014

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