Farmers are always accused of complaining about the weather. Let me explain why.
A couple of weeks ago, we got a beautiful 18mm. It fell over a few days – in fact I think we had about five or six days straight where if we didn’t get falls of five or so millimetres, we certainly had two or three. It’s just the best start we could have asked for. Slow and steady, constant. And this photo above, made us glow with pleasure.
Since that rain, we’ve had 25 plus degree days AND strong winds. All this is very drying.
And now the country looks like this:
It’s quite horrible watching a beautiful germination of clover and good feed die. Obviously that seed won’t germinate and it hasn’t had a chance to go through it’s full life cycle to production another seed. It’s what’s called a ‘false break’ (when rain doesn’t follow up).
BUT, I always try to find beauty in everything and early mornings is one of the best times to find it!
Do you agree?
On Monday, I went to help the boss draft up and shift some sheep… If only Funniest Home Videos were there. After I put this mob of ewes (below) back in their paddock, ready for lambing…
I decided to get my foot stuck down a pothole, as I was running after another small mob, roll about three times and bugger my ankle.
There was NOTHING graceful about my roll – it was more of a sprawl, thump, thud, ugh, WAIL, type of accident.
On the bright side – more time for writing EMERALD BLUFF, coz I’m gonna be off my feet for a little while!
**All these photos were taken on my phone, hence why they are a little blurry.
*sob* – I am so sad about your ankle. Ankles are buggers 🙁
Sorry you were hurt Fleur while doing sheep work and hope your ankle recovers quickly, on the up side more time for writing your next book, I leave read all your books and love them. 🙂
Nasty rotten potholes that leap up and tackle you like that!!
Look after that ankle, young lady.
I question that decision to step in that pothole, but believe that the consequences of that decision will cause you to make a different decision next time. (Can you tell that I’m a parent?)
It is so strange to see your country grappling with a drought. Here in NW Pennsylvania, we have some major flooding. As always, I find myself wishing that we could send our excess to where it is needed in our world.
A beautiful shot of the early moon
your ankle looks very painful!! agree about the morning light on a farm, stunning!