Finally, we had a nice, drenching rain. Hopefully it will help the farmers. The fields were brown and parched, and Mr. Patterson across the road from us had already begun feeding his beef cattle hay. From what we learned last year, that's a sure sign of a tough winter ahead, since most of the farmers try not to feed their cattle the hay rolls until the fall. The pasture should be enough right now for them, but everything was brown, parched, and eaten to the quick. We saw more evidence of cattle in the road and more of the youngesters breaking through the fence as they searched for grass. The remnants of hurricane Fay were so welcome. We can only hope for more hurrican remnants coming up through the southeast to drench us all and keep the resevoirs full!
The garden took quite a beating, with most of the perennials flopping this way and that from the torrential down pours and wind last night. The thunderstorm was quite fierce, with thick fog too. "It was a dark and stormy night" pretty much sums it up. I noticed that the perennials are blooming again, especially the ones I deadheaded to collect seeds. Seems like collecting the seeds encouraged them to bloom more.
We can't work on the sidewalks, edging or pathways until the thunderstorm banks pass us by. For the next several days we've got clouds, rain and storms forecasted for the area. More rain please!
In the meantime, we're enjoying the time to catch up on work, clean the house, and plan for next year's farm.