The Aftermath of the Downpours


The creek in the goat yard looked like this after the flooding rains we had here in the past week.
We’ve had so much rain in the past two months that brush and mud have been pushed constantly against the drains (and against the fences), clogging them mercilessly. The daily rain didn’t stop long enough to try to do anything about it. We finally got a short reprieve this weekend to at least make some partial recovery. The drains need to be pulled out and replaced with larger drains for a longterm solution, but at least for now water is again running through them.
The little bridge, which looks like this now, was flooded and moved by the rushing water.
Do you see where that large rock near the bridge was originally?

This photo, above, was taken when the bridge was being built several years ago. You can see the rock to the right of the bridge up on the bank. NOT in the creek. The rock was lifted up and moved into the middle of the creek by the water.

Of course, rain is in the forecast for today. I’ve got two of lots of different kinds of animals. I think Noah could start collecting here!

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on July 20, 2015  

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    You never stop learning about your land, do you? I have only been on my farm in North Western Washington state since the end of January. It was cold; colder than I am used to, but not overly uncomfortable. I haven’t done much to my land so far. I wanted to see what was/is, and then make a plan. I am just now learning about what fruit trees I have, so far a cherry plum, (I think I asked you about that a few weeks ago) and I just discovered a plum tree. It’s rained here, but not a lot, in fact, it’s been hotter than I was lead to believe about this area. I’m told that is unusual. In my mind, if this is unusual, what will the winter bring? California is talking El Nino, which means soaking rain for days, mudslides, roads out, just plain chaos. Here where rain is the norm, what’s going to happen? Dare I say, I can’t wait to find out? I think I am good as far as flooding is concerned, but that could backfire on me too! We’ll see. Keep us posted.

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