We were getting pretty desperate for rain around here. Yesterday Vince and I were talking about how cracked the ground is. It doesn’t seem like it was doing that in June last year . . seems to me it was towards the end of July but I couldn’t remember. In the garden, I can water for several hours a day but after so long without a good soaking rain, the garden begins to show signs of stress. Yesterday, I could see it. Between the grasshoppers and the drought, it’s pretty discouraging and except that we’re having that new garden fence built and Vince would be very upset with me . . yesterday I would probably have said “I give up on gardening here!”
Last night I looked at the weather forecast and either I wasn’t looking right or they didn’t have it right but I just didn’t see any promising chance of rain in our forecast for about 10 days.
Some noise woke me up this morning a bit before 5 a.m. I asked Vince if he heard something and of course, he hadn’t. As I lay there listening for the burglar that I knew was out in one of the trenches with a broken leg from having falling into one of them, I realized it was lightning in the distance, and then I began to hear thunder and before long, I heard rain. At that point, I was too happy to go back to sleep. Not having to water means I have an extra two hours in the sewing room today!
Puddles! We so rarely get to see puddles!
A mud hole around the cows’ watering tank. It will dry up shortly . . it never stays wet long.
Everyone out in the country has a rain gauge and the minute the first sprinkle falls, we can’t wait to see how much rain we’re getting. Some folks have the high tech gauges that you can read from inside your house but I have a $2.99 rain gauge that I installed myself by sticking a board down between a couple of strands of the barbed wire fence so mine probably isn’t the most accurate rain gauge in the county but it says we got a bit over 5/8″ and that makes me happy!
The clouds look like we could get a bit more rain but I think it’s over. It was much darker an hour or so ago. We don’t want to hog all the rain . . we need to share a bit with other folks but I’m happy for what we got and wouldn’t mind if it rained all day . . for the next week . . or two! 🙂