Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hail, hail.

     We discovered yesterday that following the very quick hail storm on Sunday morning, that we have quite a bit of hail damage in the orchard.  I guess the hail hit several orchards in the area. This is not a good thing.
The only thing we can do now is wait and see how the crop will be. Hail pocked apples can only go for juice, not the fresh market. It's an apple farmer's nightmare.

     You can see the little brown marks on these little apples. Most of the orchard is like this. It is really hard to tell just how much damage has been done.
     On another topic, the exercise "walk" classes, twice a week, are doing me some good I think.  I just got home from walking "3 miles", sort of on the spot.  It's a pretty good workout but it hurts most of the time, and it seems to take a day in between to return to "normal", whatever that is. I shall try to keep it up because some movement is better than none.
     The new sign is coming along. One side is finished and I've begun the other side. The deadline is the weekend, so I have to keep at it.
     Sadie doesn't know of course, but tomorrow she's off to the vet for dental work. Hope that goes well.

Sadie and her buddy, Lindsay

     Must get back to work.  It's a beautiful day, and the sun is shining.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Getting busy

      I feel I had better get this blog written now, as the next two weeks are going to get very busy.  I am under a deadline for painting a new sign, a big new sign for a friend's family farm market. A challenge.
     I spent a wonderful afternoon with Heather last Saturday, when we went to Gaspereau Valley Fibres again, this time to check out their "Back to Back" events.  We watched a very talented lady shear a sheep.  That is really something to see. Amazing!  I bought some more wool for my felting, which of course will have to be put on hold for a while.
     We are starting to get Adopt a Tree calls, and that means signs and certificates to be done up. I have a few new ones to do.
     Sadie had a rough time of it for about ten days or so. She had a very bad reaction to Bordetella, and had a hacking cough for several days.  Medicine helped, and she is back to normal now.
     Everything is beautifully green now. Of course the green is dotted with yellow, dandelions and buttercups.  The hay in Sadie's field is getting quite high. It isn't our field, but as in the picture in my blog header shows, she likes to survey the field from atop a bale.


The ewe almost looks like she's enjoying getting shorn.

And the coat comes off all in one piece.

     I guess this is it for now.