When I got back at the cabin in the evening, I heard fireworks from the neighbours. They were probably celebrating the USA holyday, The 4th of July. It was nice to listen to the happy screams of I suppose the kids watching the fireworks.
There was some rain but the showers never last long it seems. Maybe 5 or 10 minutes. Just enough to wash away the dust in the air. Still good for the gardens.
Sunday I woke up after a wonderful sleep. It was cool outside and it was nice the heat was gone for a bit. I pounded in the ground posts but still the volts aren’t much. It’s enough to keep the horses in. They respect the fence anyway. But I rather have the volts higher. With the drought we have going on the ground is very dry so it is just not getting more. I also checked the fence in the woods, and had to screw in some insulators that went loose. I also removed branches from trees that were touching the wires. While walking back and forth in the pastures, I noticed how low the grass was. It starts to look like a dessert. With hardly any rain, the horses eat faster then the grass can grow back. I had to do something about this. I like my horses to be able to graze.
So I started to think what I could do. I was getting something in the back of the shed, and saw this plastic bag with old rope. I used that rope years ago to make an electric wire fence more visible. It’s old but still would work to create a grazing area. I found temporary posts, enough to start. So I made a small grazing area in front of the arena. That way I could keep an eye on the horses and they could ‘mow’ the lawn. Now this rope was all tangled up in two big balls, so it took me a long time to untangle it and match the pieces as it wasn’t one long piece, but many shorter ones. But I got it done and started to fence the part off. As soon I was done, I let the horses in and wow, they were so happy. Started to graze right away. I let them graze for 1.5 hour, then put them back in pasture with their bellies full. In the early evening I let them graze 1.5 hour again, then put them back again.
Well, a few days and they had the grass all mowed down so I moved the grazing area up, alongside the arena. That is where they still graze, morning and evening. I will keep moving the area up. There is lots of grass beside the driveway, so why waste it? I got much more rope that I can use to make a bigger area too.
Monday morning I woke up and a bright sun was shining and the sky was a beautiful blue. The hazy air of the smoke from the forest fires was gone! I went to the well again and filled up all the bowls, barrels and bottles. The garden got a good soak. After I made myself a nice salmon salad with Rosa Lettuce, spinach and lemon leaves from the garden. It tasted so great!
I believe that tick season is finally over. I don’t get any anymore, and Scruffy only get them when she goes deep in the woods. But it’s not much.
Tuesday I made the new grazing area and while the horses were in there, eating like they were starved LOL, I took out or cut down all those annoying bushes that are growing everywhere. If I don’t do that, they will grow all over the yard. There was a lot, so it took me a few hours. But now it’s all gone and it looks much better.
There is a couple of crows around, that scream like humans. I can hear them from far. What a weird noise from a crow. Hilarious. They came flying above the yard, but not for long. A smaller bird, I think it was a Blue Jay, chased after one of them and they took off SO fast, screaming like a couple of people running away from a dinosaur. Hahahaha!
After lunch, I got in the mood to do some painting in the cabin. It was nice weather, not hot. So I started to clear the area of the living room, and put everything ready to start painting the walls. My plan was to do the bedroom first, but I thought to do the living room area first. It is a corner and it can use some light. I put soft yellow paint on the walls, 2 coats, and when I was done it was 5 pm. I was exhausted but happy. What a difference. This will do great until I can cover the walls up with pine wood.
We had a little bit of rain and thunder, but it wasn’t really much. Again, one of those tiny showers. The drought is still going strong here. In the evening, the smoke in the air came back. It got hazy and the sun was red again. The weather forecast mentioned that this will stay for another few days.
Amazing, to have smoke in your forecast.