Country life and this very dry summer has been hardish here on the far south coast. I haven’t seen the grass so dry and crispy in a lot of years. It feels scary. I’m missing the green grassy hills that make me feel so happy. Relaxed and happy.
Listening to our grass eating animals’ desperate pleas for more food every single day is a little heart wrenching. We’ve been hand feeding them for a few weeks now and yesterday we got rid of the sheep, finally. It was a good thing. We weren’t bonded with them which made it easier and we really don’t have the space for them.
Pete had to put the very beautiful Mrs Mak down last week. It was a sad day. She’d been going down hill this summer due to old age but we were reluctant to have her put down because, well, I guess, we just couldn’t make that hard decision. After the hot, hot weather of last week, she went into a decline and it was obvious that the time had come to say goodbye to her. The grandmother of Chilli, the grandmother and mother of all of Pete’s cows. A gentle, gorgeous old cow.
Pete’s veggie garden is non-existent this season. He’s struggled with water and pump issues so we’ve had to let his veggies go. The strawberry patch is looking dried up and dead but we are hoping to be able to salvage at least some of his beautiful strawberry plants. My garden is looking worse for wear but it’s holding in there. We have water here so it does make things a lot easier though nothing beats good, earth drenching rain. Some of my trees look like they’ve seen much, much better days as it’s hard to water everything enough. The veggie garden is basic this year – tomatoes, capsicums, zucchinis, cucumbers and some leafy greens. Nothing fancy, that’s for sure. We are hoping to get another round of tomatoes happening so that we can bottle them over autumn.
Swimming in Pete’s dam has been a lovely relief to these hot, dry days. It’s refreshing and cool and although it’s showing signs of a lack of rain it’s holding up OK.
This life of ours in the country is pretty wonderful but gosh, we are missing the rain. Wishing. Hoping. Praying.