I realize that complaining about the weather can quickly become rather cliche’, but I happen to like a good cliche’ from time to time. It does seem almost strange to be grumbling about rain here in Central Texas considering the 5 year drought we left behind not so long ago. It is a little difficult to remember just how incredibly dry and devastating those years were for so many farmers and ranchers across Texas. Now that the rain has returned though, it seems to come in bucket after bucket. It was a sad sight to drive around the area this past winter to see so many fields still filled with wet, droopy cotton that simply could not be harvested. This season many of those same farmers have yet to be able to get cotton seed in the ground and the time for doing so has just about passed us by.
In retrospect, I think often about the farmers to our North who are dealing with an even more difficult challenge with all the flooding in the Mid-West. Thankfully, so far, the rains have only been a minor inconvenience here at Whirl’d Works Farm. When the rain is coming, we keep the sheep in the barn as it really has a tendency to mess up their beautiful wool. With shearing day quickly approaching, we are doing all we can to keep those darling sheep and their thick, fine wool fleece nice and dry. The only other issue we’ve really had to deal with was down by the creek that really flooded over during the last storm and knocked down some of our fencing. We’ve had plenty of times when the road has disappeared below the creek, but during the last downpour it was at the highest level we have ever seen it. Words alone cannot adequately describe the amount of water we witnessed draining through our property so here are a few videos to help illustrate:
On the Bright Side
As cliche’s go, with every cloud there’s a silver lining and there are some things to be thankful for. The following picture shows Texas Drought Conditions in April (On Left) and then in May (on Right). I’m not quite sure I remember seeing a map that shows the entire State of Texas being drought-free.
The amount of moisture around the farm has created the perfect environment do explore and find even more varieties of weird and fantastical fungus. I look forward to venturing into our woods sometime soon to see what new and neat varieties await our discovery, but right now it is still rather swampy back there and the mosquitoes fly in tactical squadrons! We don’t have to go far though to find new fungus as this odd, orange fungus was found growing in a flower bed near the house.
It’s just one of those funky quirks of human nature, but although right now we are all pretty much tired of all the rain, I’m pretty sure in 2-3 months we’ll be praying for it again. There’s more rain coming for now though, so if you’re in Central Texas and reading this during a downpour, here’s a few rainy day puns to brighten your day!
Rainy Day Puns
(Source: Dr. Odd)
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