This summer has been hot, luckily a grove of native cottonwood trees with a picnic table underneath is just the spot I find myself when taking a break from the day's activities. Within feet of the grove the temperature drops, you can feel the natural air conditioning the trees provide. With all the heat, I think I know why shelter belts on farmsteads are so important... thank you dear trees for your wonderful shade!
A Magpie feather left behind from one of their foraging expeditions is now in a treasure in a box. They have decided the barn is there new morning meeting place this summer. I can have up to 30 taking off when I arrive. Something tells me they are flocking in for the water.
The Dyer's garden is finally getting started. I know it's late, but they are perennials, hopefully they will return next year even stronger.There was a mix up/garden folly, the sprinklers overshot the garden when I was trying to start the seeds. My husband would water it every morning or so he thought while I was down at the barn. Checking it in the afternoon, I would find it dry, thinking it was due to the extreme heat, whoops! The garden now has it's own mini drip system, which it just loves.
Summer also brought new faces to the farm, we are now caring for two retired horses. They are absolutely dear, wise with old age, and just loving life to the fullest. They snuggle, getting as close as a horse can, resting their heads against you, loving a pat or two. It's such fun having them here!
To wisdom that comes with age.
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*Last time in Barn Stories: Garden Follies