It is hard for me to let it sink in that August is upon us here in the lower Adirondacks of New York State, yet the humidity and hot temperatures proves it is so. I have kept busy as the weather allows... trimming brush, revamping my garden shed, slowly rebuilding a stone wall near the barn, and trying to keep up with the weeds in each garden. (I am failing miserably at this) The vegetable garden has been overrun with a variety of gourd plants and Grandpa Ott morning glories; I have not planted these devilish beauties in over 5 years, but each spring they come back with a vengeance. I have tried learning to be heartless enough to rip out or hoe down the unwanted seedlings as soon as they emerge, but I save them to transplant all over the gardens, and wait til they have smothered most everything and then pull them out armful by tangled armful when I've had enough! Next year will be different... ahem!
We have had visits from several wild creatures over the past few months. It started with the arrival of a mother fox who gave birth to three little ones in the culvert between our driveway and the road.
This was followed by several fawns who arrived in the back field throughout the spring... one managed to somehow get trapped between the railings of the front porch and was rescued by my youngest son. About the same time, I had been mowing in the back field and barely missed a newborn fawn.
Most recently, I was cleaning the garden shed porch, and I kicked a box of polyfilm out of my way. It was too heavy to move with my foot, so I bent over to retrieve the polyfilm from the box and was startled by a small skunk who was curled up inside! I ran to the house to get my daughter so she could snap a picture, and he quickly toddled off under the outhouse.
Well, I will close for now, but before I go, I wish you all well and hope you too are enjoying the remainder of summer! Warmest regards from Wildenblue Farm!