Monday, February 08, 2010

Sweaty Sunday summary

Yesterday was simply gorgeous, so we did what we do with decent weather on the first day of the week - work outside! We got all the fruit trees but the Italian prune pruned, as well as the flowering plum in the island, and trees along the driveway that scrape on the horse trailer and camper. After hauling hundreds of pounds of branches (and the Christmas tree) to the burn pile and doing our best to get it going, we gave up; it was too wet to sustain a fire. Rick planted another Asian pear tree, and I cleaned the dead plants out of the garden. Rick and Brian built the back (north) wall on the Ram-ada Inn and fixed the divider (no more pallets!); I cleaned out the henhouse and gave the ladies clean sheets. It was a very productive day! I really wanted to take advantage of the weather and ride Russell down the road, but couldn't justify taking off. I did manage to snap these photos of dramatic clouds, though. I just love clouds; plain blue sky isn't nearly as interesting as a blue sky with clouds!
That's it for now from . . .

9 comments:

melanie said...

Oh! You are so lucky! "Sweaty" would never describe a day in February around HERE...unless there was something awful strange going on...

Michelle said...

While we definitely enjoyed the weather yesterday (today is FOGGY), it is unlucky rather than lucky. It has been warmer than average in our area since the first of the year, which means most of our precip falls as rain even in the Cascade Mountains. And if there is not sufficient snowpack in the mountains to slowly and steadily melt into the reservoirs, then much of the Willamette Valley (namely Portland!) suffers a drought in the summer. Not to mention the slump at the ski resorts now....

Mom L said...

I love the deep blue in your sky - I've had lovely light blue skies and sunshine when it isn't snowing. Right now it's about 5 degrees, but the thick layer of snow is sparkling in the sunshine!

I envy your energy, and I hope your critters appreciate all the work!

Nancy in Iowa

MollyBeees said...

What is that green stuff all over the ground at your place. If you need some snow, we're getting a fresh shipment tonight of 10-12". I can send you some...

A :-) said...

OK - I have a question. Why do you prune your trees now? Don't you end up cutting off the buds that set last fall? Oh, and sweaty? :-D We're gearing up for a snow dump starting tonight and lasting until Wednesday . . . I even cancelled Church Lady Knitting!

kenleighacres said...

Everything looks and sounds great! Your chickens are very lucky girls.

Michelle said...

Sure, MollyBees, send that snow over but make sure it stays in the mountains!

Adrienne, it's easier to see what needs pruning when the trees are bare. Pruning contributes to stronger structure, and when done correctly, will actually increase #s of production (think fewer but BIGGER fruit, rather than lots of puny fruit). The flowering plums get very twiggy with lots of water shoots, a growth habit that contributes to disease and breakage, so while I will get less flowers when I prune it, I will have a healthy, longer-lived tree.

thecrazysheeplady said...

I love the coloring of the hen on the left.

We have been frozen or muddy for so long that I'm afraid we are going to have to rent a skid steer to clean this place up when "spring" gets here.

Michelle said...

Sara, that's Morgan the Easter-Egger, Brian's favorite chicken and the layer of pale pink eggs. I wish I had more light-colored chickens!