Winter rainy season is the time to use fire.
We haven’t posted much in the last few weeks … we’ve been outside cutting wood, hauling and burning brush, and cleaning up after the fire mess. There is a lot more to do. We had hoped to be doing improvements and building more fence this year, but turns out it’s clean-up and repair, instead. We are fortunate that no structures burned because we can do this clean-up ourselves, on our own time. We were at a neighbor’s place yesterday where buildings burned, and they can’t touch it because of county rules and insurance issues, so it looks just like it did right after the fire – it’s like they are frozen in disaster-land and can’t do anything about it, can’t move on. This is true for all who lost homes and structures on Sept 8. We mentioned previously that utility power has been restored most places, but AT&T landline service is still down.
In other news, for those waiting to hear about whether or not Lucy is pregnant, we “think” she is! If she misses her cycle this week, that will help us feel more certain. She usually sniffs on the big goat and tries to ride him when she’s cycling. We haven’t observed that behavior in the two past cycles since the artificial insemination. This week would be the third cycle time since AI.
Oh yes, our beautiful Christmas tree is still up in the big room. We are waiting for a rainy day to take it down. It’s still drinking water, so it looks almost as fresh as when we put it up.
Rainfall has been low this year, and all of California is again in a drought. Periodic, light rainfall has been a short-term blessing for our burn-scarred area … we sure are hoping to continue receiving periodic, light-to-moderate rainfall through May. The chart below shows historic and current rainfall amounts, by year and month.
… but it is the good kind!
The goat/cow manure is decomposing the old gladiolus stalks.
This will make rich compost that we’ll put back onto the garden.
It will take several months, and we’ll turn it several times with the tractor.
Speaking of garden … not much there, but this little Napa cabbage is beautiful. Most made tight heads, but this one decided to risk being open to the new year!