The City Girl Farmer


Blizzard of 2012
February 4, 2012, 12:36 pm
Filed under: Weather | Tags: ,
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Barn

Be careful what you wish for! It has been so dry, we have wished over and over again for rain or snow. Looks like we got what we wished for. Now the digging out begins.

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Chicken coop

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East garden

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Drifting by the south garden

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Snow in the south garden

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Car, half buried

Update: Neighbor just came by with a HUGE tractor and scooped out our driveway. : D

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Less Wind; More Rain
April 9, 2011, 7:26 pm
Filed under: Weather

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I was reading the Farmer’s Almanac last year in which I learned that Ember Days were used to predict the weather for the succeeding season. Ember Days are part of the ancient western Christian liturgical calendar and they were penitential days that corresponded more or less with the change of season. I recorded the weather on last year’s winter Ember Days and on this spring’s Ember Days and it is not looking good for water if the predictor is true.

And just out of the blue the other day, a friend told me her mother said that potatoes needed to be in the ground by Good Friday. Yikes! I’ve got to get busy with that garden!

I find the gardening sources that make reference to religious feast days quite fascinating. I’d like to get hold of a monastic gardening book. Any of my readers know of one?



Freezing Cold and Exploding Udders
February 10, 2011, 1:40 pm
Filed under: Cows, Weather

Poor Rosie. The day she calved her udder was so full the milk just dripped and sometimes sprayed out of her. Her skin was stretched so tight that I thought it would tear. Her udder looked like a blown up rubber glove with the teats pointed outward. She was so full we could only get a thumb and a forefinger on each teat and because they pointed away from her center, we had to milk one at a time. We were milking about a half gallon at a time out of a cow who was producing about 2 1/2 gallons of milk twice a day. Two days after she calved we had her in a stanchion for 5 hours trying to milk her.

The next day we reached our record cold temperatures for the year. (I hope anyway!) The high that day was -7 and the low -16 and the wind was howling at about 25-30 miles an hour. The guy we bought our cow from just happened to be in Colorado and just happened to call to see how everything was going. He offered to loan us a milking machine, and while I had been reluctant to use a milking machine, I decided to take him up on his offer. That is the smartest decision I’ve made in recent history. We drove 2 hours one way to where he was to pick up the machine, came home and milked out the cow. It took three people to work the machine but we made it happen and we did it again the next morning.

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Baby cow asleep in the kitchen

We brought the new calf into our kitchen because we don’t have the facilities to maintain calves at a toasty 40 degrees when the weather is like that.

We are continuing to keep her warm in our kitchen as the temperatures have been below zero and in the single digits at night, but we’re looking forward to relocating her tomorrow when we expect to have low temperatures in the 20’s. I really need to be convinced about this global warming thing…



Again??
November 3, 2009, 5:42 pm
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Six days later, this is what it looked like here.

Morning after blizzard

Morning after the blizzard

 

Snow drifted by the coop

Snow drifted by the coop

 

Out the front door

Out the front door

 

Looking toward the sunrise

Sunrise on Friday

 

Snow drifted in front of the house

Snow drifted in front of the house

 

Fall…We blinked; we missed it.

 



What Season Is It?
October 23, 2009, 8:48 am
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This is just wrong.  We were less than a month into autumn when we had a wee little storm blow through.  This is what it looked like this morning, two days later, after it had a chance to melt a little.



Rain!
April 11, 2009, 8:29 am
Filed under: Weather
Rainy day

Rainy day

I woke up to the most pleasant and unusual sound this morning, rain on the rooftop.   I miss the rain.  Colorado is one of the sunniest states you can live in and most of our precipitation is the cold, white, silent type.   Actually, it started as rain and then turned into slush.  It rains slushies here. Juliana told me about an Indian concept of masculine rain and feminine rain.  Masculine rain is accompanied by a storm of more or less violence.  Feminine rain is the soft, soothing, soaking kind.  This was a feminine rain.  So nice….



Our Spring Blizzard
March 27, 2009, 3:02 pm
Filed under: Horses, Other animals, Weather

This was really no big deal as we had over 24 hours notice.  We just made sure we had groceries and battened down the hatches.  It lasted for about 24 hours.  Here are some pictures of what I saw when I went to check on the horses this morning.

A woodpecker warming himself after the blizzard

A woodpecker warming himself after the blizzard

Mouse eating Jazzmin's hay.  Barn cat must have migrated to Florida.

Mouse eating Jazzmin's hay. Barn cat must have migrated to Florida.

The girls in the corral

The girls in the corral

Snow drifted on the north interior wall of the barn

Snow drifted on the north interior wall of the barn

More drifted snow in the barn

More drifted snow in the barn

Chicken coop in the background almost completely obstructed by a drift.  The drift is covering the future garden area.

Chicken coop in the background almost completely obstructed by a drift. The drift is covering the future garden area.

The cars

The cars

Thomas atop a drift

Thomas atop a drift

Looking south over the garden area

Looking south over the garden area