Sunday, August 12, 2007

Shower today nets 10th of an inch

I start the morning off by taking some pictures of the front garden, which is full of grasses and Russian sage. This picture, I take from the loft of the barn where we have a high window propped open so the barn swallows can fly in and out even when we have the barn doors closed.

As I set up my camera on the tripod, a pair of barn swallows gets the surprise of their lives when they find me at the window. Oooops: abort landing, bank sharply right and head for the open door below. Then, the chatter begins, and continues the entire time I'm up there.

The afternoon brings a shower, but very little rain: only 1/10th of an inch. We were going to get the firehoses out again to water the front garden, but we just didn't get around to it - it's a big and heavy job (now I know why fire fighters need to be so burly) - maybe tomorrow night. It's exhausting, all this watering.

Next chance for rain? The Weather Network predicts "a few showers" for Thursday. Yeah, right...

A closer view of some the front garden plants


  1. Rain - that elusive stuff that doesn't fall on my garden. The Weather Network keeps saying chance of rain ... but several raindrops don't do much good. One of these days ... the rain will come and won't stop. Then we'll be complaining again.

  2. Hi Crafty Gardener: We've had so many seasons when drought was a problem that I don't complain when it rains too much ;-) but I guess 40 days and nights would bring complaints...

    Cheers, Yvonne

  3. You know, England has been experiencing drought for several years, and english gardeners have been forced to save up on rain water to keep their gardens up to english standard (a scary fact in itself). Then came the rains of this year... After seeing those flooding pictures I've become very careful on complaining about the weather. I just pray that everything will turn out right without excesses.

  4. Yes, moderation in all things: too much rain is as bad as drought.

    Thanks for the comment. Cheers, Yvonne

  5. Anonymous10:04 AM

    Really feels like it has been a never ending battle this summer to keep things going. Have lost a skirmish or two, a forgotten dried up little astilbe here or a suffering yellow waxbell there. On the whole winning the war though. Still hoping for a good downpour, this can't last forever can it?

  6. Hi Teresa: No it can't last forever. Today (Aug. 15), it sure feels like a turn in the weather is coming. Keeping fingers crossed...

  7. Anonymous2:29 PM

    Try It is a really cool site for weather information and I herd they are launching a network in Canada last Wednesday on TV.


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