Here is Cary age 5.5 months hanging with his dog peeps, his best buddy Otto, and Holly. Otto is 120 lbs, Holly is not far behind. Cary has been entranced by the dogs since he was old enough to walk over to their area. There is no fear of these giant creatures who outweigh him thirty times over. The fact these are gentle giants probably helps.His brother, Kai, while also interested in the dogs, has reservations. He keeps a distance, trades nose greetings, and flees at any sudden movements. A rightful response to huge animals. So what makes Cary different? When he visits the dogs his purr is always on full blast. He strops against their legs and rubs his face on theirs. Otto will gently place one big paw on the kitten’s back and behave in a way that is almost like patting the kitty.
I think little Cary just has a natural love for everyone, including large, hairy canines and is bold and trusting enough to show it. Plus, the dogs are kind, caring animals who know how to be careful around those smaller than themselves.
This last day of August seems a good time for an update on farm news. My butterfly bush is in full bloom. An anniversary gift from my husband, the bush is at the edge of its northern range here at the farm. Every winter it dies down to the ground. In the spring it sends up new branches and begins to blossom in August. The scent is delicious!
The fig tree is thriving and has settled on five figs chosen to grow to maturity. There were eight little figs but the tree let three shrivel and drop. The figs are about 1.5″ across at the widest. I doubt they will ripen before the first frost. The tree will be moved inside as fall arrives. I hope the fruit continues to ripen and not drop from the shock of being moved.
I spent part of the day stacking firewood. Our wood pile is about two-thirds full. We need at least six cords to be warm through the nine months of heating. To get ahead of the endless tree felling, we decided to buy nine cords of seasoned tree length firewood. It was delivered a couple weeks ago and forms a large pile up near the road. As soon as we finish splitting and piling the wood we cut in our woods, we will start on the new pile. There is a half-cord of ash left to split down in the woods.
Today I harvested the last of my fresh lettuce and had a big salad for lunch. The head lettuce I planted this spring did very well and did not bolt too badly once very hot weather arrived. Today I also canned the last of the wax beans for this year. I put up a total of twenty-one pints of beans. These will be a yummy reminder of summer during the cold months.
Today was very warm and mostly sunny so I took the opportunity to wash both the dogs. They were badly in need of a bath, especially Holly who only likes to wade in the pond and stream while Otto jumps in for total immersion. The dogs look and smell great! And, so, a busy day and month come to an end.
With over three feet of snow on the ground, we’ve got plenty, thanks! Here’s my husband, Tim, on top of one of the mountainous snow piles in our yard. Holly and Otto, the German shepherds, are always ready to play. Since this photo was taken, the pile has gotten higher. I topped it off yesterday with the snow that came off the lower roof of the house. Here’s what the front of the house looked like before I cleared the debris.
Our new tractor with the bucket loader is earning its keep, for sure. I would have left this snow piled up to the windows except another monster storm is forecast for Wednesday. A nor-easter with up to 2 feet more white stuff is bearing down on us. Oh, joy. Not sure where I’ll put any new snow. Running out of room. Luckily, the forecast after Wednesday is for temps in the high 30s and into the 40s for the foreseeable future. Finally, maple syrup season will arrive! It’s about a month late this year. The weather is mostly sunny, but too cold for sap to run.
Here are some of the eleven wild turkeys that have been visiting the area beneath the bird feeders on a regular basis. Poor things must be very hungry. Spring, please hurry!