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December Rain

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I knew it was coming, but the arrival of more rain today still feels like a bit of a shock. Our land is so, so wet. The ground is not frozen yet, creating a very spring-like mud-saster wherever our horses walk.

DSCN4207eRadar 2015-12-13 at 9.57.55 AMWe got some rain overnight, but had a momentary break this morning. I had forgotten to put the rain gauge out, after one of the times it actually was cold enough to freeze and I brought the glass tube in to thaw. I don’t know how much fell while we slept.

The unfortunate reality is that, as of this writing, we have much more rain on the way from the south.

We are approaching the middle of December and receiving rainstorms like the middle of summer. Why, it is as if the climate is changing, or something.

I saw the comment recently that we don’t need to save our planet. The planet will still be here long after the human race has gone extinct. We need to be thinking about saving ourselves!

Maybe I should be building a boat.

DSCN4204eAt least the herd is showing enough sense to seek the high ground this morning. The areas where we have covered the dirt with lime screenings have compacted enough now that they are performing well as intended. It gives the horses a chance to get out of the mud for a time.

It is impressive, and sometimes scary, how far down a hoof will sink in the mud, given the approx 1000 lbs. of horse-force pushing down.

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Written by johnwhays

December 13, 2015 at 11:32 am

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