Thursday, May 9, 2013

The House on the Rock

The rains came down and the floods came up,
The rains came down and the floods came up,
The rains came down and the floods came up,
But the house on the Rock stood firm.

This little song from Sunday School kept going through my head as we watched it rain and rain and RAIN…and then rain some more!

Living in the country, working in agriculture, you are told to never, ever complain about rain. 
Spring showers are expected and very necessary.  This is not the first time that we have had to change our plans due to the weather.  …and I am fairly certain it won’t be the last!

Case in point…read these entries from  May 2011 and May 2012.

These are field FEEDERS---full of rainwater (for the THIRD time)
But, after nearly SIX inches in a little over 24 hours…it gets a bit old and very soggy.  After all the late winter/early spring snow…the potential for flooding is very real.

The creek paddock turned into a raging river on three occasions yesterday.
the creek is rising
it's getting pretty high

those posts are at least 4 feet above the ground
the creek paddock looks like a POND or maybe even a LAKE
Thankfully, we don’t graze the creek paddock in the springtime (mainly for this reason) and the house is on the top of the hill.
water swirling under the bridge

looking downstream
oh dear! Lester and Jerry's poor "potato"  garden!

When the Boss and I went out  to take some pictures of Back Creek looking very unlike itself, we went on down Mishbarn Road.  Despite the fact the water level was on the definite decline, there were still amazing amounts of water in some pretty amazing places. The low-lying areas of the county are still in for some serious issues…and school was delayed for a couple of hours this morning.
"Cow Island"

Cline's flat field was a roaring river

the  homestead is perched there on top between the trees
Rain always makes me incredibly thankful that we live on top of a hill…a hill that is mostly rock…with just enough soil on top to provide for our gardens and pasture grass.  It would take a flood of Noah-like proportion for us to have issues up here.  Although, it could be problematic if the bridge washed out.  But, that didn’t happen during countless storms or even Hurricane Fran, so I’m not going to worry over that one.
the creek is starting to look "normal" once more

There is rain in the forecast again tomorrow…and to be perfectly honest, I can’t say I’m real thankful for that. But, it leaves me with no excuse for spending some time cleaning out the refrigerator, as I am  "sort of" caught up on  farm bookwork and any greenhouse jobs.

 …and that will make the HENS
  very thankful for all the goodies!


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