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north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen, 12:30 PM GMT on January 31, 2014

06:30, 43f, overcast . cold north wind. roosters crowing. brief walk with pup. guardian out mading the rounds. dark and chilly.
17:20, 50f, overcast, drizzling. fed sheep and donkeys. hay to donkeys. sheep have to clean up this morning's hay. a lot of gun fire after sundown. walk with pup and guardian down lane. collected firewood.
21:00, 48f, raining. quick walk outside with pup. guardian in front barking at her dinner? hoping she comes under the front roof and takes a snooze out of the rain. good night rain. we need you but sometimes you're annoying..

Updated: 2:59 AM GMT on February 01, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:06 PM GMT on January 30, 2014

06:30 36, overcast. slight drizzle. roosters crowing. dark out. let guardian out; she's checking the farm. brief walk with pup down to sheep barn. all quiet there. surviving twin snuggled next to mom. donkeys finishing their hay. feel like we dodged the bullet.
10:00, low tide rising at CK. north wind, 8 knts., 41F, wind chill, 36. white pelicans flying over lab. cat meets me wants some crunchies. cormorants and brown pelicans at the oyster bar. ducks in the shallows. foggy and overcast. the populace is either grumbling about the cold, or smiling because it's cold but not like up north.. anything north of the georgia border, that is.
15:00, high tide at #4 bridge. east wind, 8 knts. 47f. very tired. heading home.
17:50, 48f, overcast. cold north wind, 5 knts. pleasant walk with pup and guardian in cactus field. pup was intent in digging out a gopher. ha. gathered another load of firewood. getting low again. fed all the critters including wild birds. got 3 eggs.
21:30, 45f, cold north breeze. overcast. no stars for days. built a fire and fell asleep on the couch. fed dogs late. thinking pleasant spring-like thoughts. yellow jasmine blooming here and there. pink azaleas blooming. swamp maples putting out samaras. we're all ready to have this cold wind down. nothing out in the pasture. sheep dreaming of green rye grass. good night sheep.

Updated: 3:28 AM GMT on January 31, 2014

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By: marsHen, 9:39 AM GMT on January 29, 2014

04:30, 47f, raining. cold north breeze. roosters sleeping. guardian barking at me and pup out walking around house. warming lamb bottle.
05:30, 46f, overcast, fog, drizzle. roosters crowing. bottle to lamb. heading to st. pete for a fisheries meeting.
13:30, felt like upper 40's in st. pete with rain and a cold wind. took fish i.d. test and listened to a couple of talks. drive down was the pits - slick roads and bottle necks outside of tampa. then it took almost an hour to find a parking space. lunch with son!
18:00, 42f, overcast and cold north wind back at the farm. bottle lamb died. pup peed and peed all over the yard. guardian wet and chilly. late chores. all got hay and grain. sold old ford ranger. buried lamb. built fire in fireplace.
20:50, 38f, foggy. cold north wind, raining. walked pup again. warm milk with kibble for dixie. brought guardian into mudporch, fed her, dried her off, and gave her a blanket to sleep on. she needs a rest. have compassion on all creatures great and small these past few days. a brutal storm bullying its way through the south that's not used to this.

Updated: 3:04 AM GMT on January 30, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:14 PM GMT on January 28, 2014

06:00, 59f, fog. dark out with minute particles of fog drifting through the beam of my headlamp. roosters crowing. all quiet in the barn. tossed the sheep and donkeys a little hay since they had to clean their "old" hay up last night, which the donkeys did. guardian sleeping by the truck. pup wants to run around. bottle to lamb.
09:00, 62f, fog. heading to cowtown for feed and mineral block. robins.
10:00, high tide rising at CK, southwind, 3 knts., 56f. fog. great blue wading. usual crowd at oyster bar. great egrets in marsh. studied for fish i.d. test tomorrow.
16:00, high tide falling at #4 bridge. no wind, glass flat. 58f. ducks in channel.
16:30, 54f at back door. a mist. damp. did chores early. all got hay. bottle to lamb.
20:00, 58f, overcast, foggy, misty. still. all dogs ate their supper. half bottle to lamb. pup wants to play.. still studying fish.. good night Aetobatus narinari..

Updated: 2:56 AM GMT on January 29, 2014

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north flroida - wild forida

By: marsHen, 1:15 PM GMT on January 27, 2014

06:30, 62f, partly cloudy. a fog. lovely waning crescent moon hanging over foggy sheep pasture. wolf light. roosters crowing. guardian prowling. short walk with pup. heating up lamb bottle.
09:30, robins along the roads. mid tide rising at CK. 56f, east wind, 5 knts. partly cloudy, partly sunny. herons, great egrets in the marsh. mended sleeve of cod end of #3 trawl. mended 600 ft. seine up to first turn. cat kept me company. fog rolled in at noon.
16:00 high tide falling at #4 bridge. dense fog blocks views of out islands. 58f, south wind, 6 knts. ducks (scaups) paddling over innundated mud flats. bald eagle flies across 24.
17:30, 65f, mostly cloudy. fed the critters. no one got hay - have to clean up yesterday's hay. got 1 egg. gray sunset.
20:40, 59f, very foggy and dark. so foggy I lost my way in the yard until I stumbled upon the lane which took pup and I back to house. it was a dark and foggy night ...

Updated: 3:07 AM GMT on January 28, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:23 PM GMT on January 26, 2014

06:30, 41f, foggy. waning crescent moon in the pecans, roosters crowing. wolf light. guardian has made herself scarce. chilly out.
09:00, 2 turkeys ducking into brush on side of road. high tide rising at CK. 52f, north wind, 2 knts. great egrets, wood storks in the marsh. ducks! in the channel. church was good.
13:10, high tide falling at #4 bridge. 54f, south wind, 3knts. usual birds at oyster bar. fed cat.
heading to hay guy's for hay.
15:20, 60f. mostly cloudy. unloaded hay. 4 deer high-tailing through donkey woodlot. loaded another truck-load of firewood. unloaded that. took clothes off line. bottle to lamb.
17:50, 55f. overcast. hay to all. got one egg. dogs playing by sheep yard. lambs playing in fold.
21:00, 51f, partly cloudy. a mist. orion's out and jupiter, or saturn, whoever that is.. guardian down by gate barking. dixie backing her up. bottle to lamb. walk for pup. good night super nova..

Updated: 3:38 AM GMT on January 27, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:35 PM GMT on January 25, 2014

06:50, 39f, partly cloudy. waning crescent moon in the pecan trees. roosters crowing. crows cawing. sheep going out to pasture. guardian sleeping by truck. pup going back to bed..
14:20, 60f at back door. sheep in yard. retrieved pick-up load of firewood from donkey woodlot. wood was cut day before big freeze when we also stripped the citrus. half load in hay barn, half under front porch roof. cloudng up..
17:40,54f, mostly cloudy. sheep back in fold. bottle to lamb. hay to all herbivores. fire going in fireplace to take the damp off. pleasant smell of woodsmoke outside. pallid sunset.
21:30, 54f, cloudy. no stars. guardian patrolling farm. bottle to waiting lamb. fireplace fire faltering due to damp wood. need to go pick up the remainder and store it in barn. lucky tonight is not cold!

Updated: 3:20 AM GMT on January 26, 2014

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By: marsHen, 1:56 PM GMT on January 24, 2014

06:30, 38f, mostly cloudy. quick foray out for pup to pee. roosters carrying on. cold can't defeat their singing prowess.
07:50, 39f, cold north wind, ~10 knts. waning crescent moon visible between clouds over sheep pasture. bottle to lamb, hay to donkeys and sheep who were out in pasture. fed birds. can't find coon guardian killed last night. guardian in front yard chewing on a bone... hmmm.
10:10, blow-out tide at CK. 40f, NE wind, 12 knts. sunny. mended and stowed dry bait seine. plotted february's sampling sites on big chart. lunch at annie's! clam chowder and shrimp sandwich.
15:00, low tide rising at #4 bridge. cormorants, brown pelicans on oyster bar. herons and great egrets in marsh. 49f, east wind 10 knts.
21:10, 42f, cloudy. bottle to lamb. a mist, starshine muted. guardian barking in cactus field. dixie joins in. pup all worked up over armadillos. sheep awake. good night sheep.

Updated: 12:38 PM GMT on January 25, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:50 PM GMT on January 23, 2014

06:30, 30f, clear. frost on fields. waning half moon over sheep fold. bottle to waiting lamb who gets some nourishment from mom but twin sister gets most. roosters crowing. crows carrying on. fish crow imitating turkey call. brrr.
bacon and fried eggs for breakfast! making some for dogs, too.
10:00, blow-out tide at CK. 45f, NE wind, 8 knts. sunny. hung second bait seine and washed it. pulled out #3 trawl and washed it. chilly but pleasant in boatyard.
even though he has a sheltered box to sleep in and is well fed, the cat spends a lot of time sitting in sun. the cold is affecting him. he's a good ratter and keeps rats from chewing the nets. a valuable cat.
16;00, mid-high tide rising at #4 bridge. 53f, west wind, 5 knts. packed up trawl for mending tomorrow.
quick trip downtown to get rusted cables on tail-gate of pickup replaced and pick up pizza for supper. lucked out and saw most of the home-coming parade for CK school, the smallest school in forida. it was great. a fuzzy headed blonde boy, about 7, was scrambling for the candy and dancing on the sidewalk between floats. he and his cohorts are probably a trial in a classroom but they just made me smile. I love CK...
warm enough in late afternoon for stilts to be out probing the flooding mud flats. oyster catchers on sand bar. white pelicans off to the east. cormorants and brown pelicans resting on disappearing oyster bar.
17:20, 50f, sun sinking. bottle to lamb. stuffed down half of pizza, shared crust with dogs, took in dried wash, and did chores.
21:00 39f, misty. guardian killed another coon out by old chicken yard. she's got an attitude toward coons. bottle to lamb. brightest stars shining. wanted to see super nova just discovered out by ursa major but too foggy. maybe tomorrow when next front comes in..

Updated: 2:50 AM GMT on January 24, 2014

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By: marsHen, 2:22 PM GMT on January 22, 2014

06:40, 33f. clear. frosty fields. roosters crowing. waning gibbous moon high above the sheep fold. bottle to lamb. NW wind causing drafty conditions in main room of sheep barn. rigged up a tarp to create a protected corner for lambs. pup cold. guardian busy all over yard. didn't eat her dinner last night. crows eyeing it ...
10:00, blow-out tide at CK. 37f, north wind 8 knts. clear, sunny, and cold. birds are scarce. fish i.d. test. not good at tests. made a B. kept me inside most of the day.
16:00, mid-tide at #4 bridge. some herons. 44f, west wind, 8 knts.
16:30, 44f at back door. bottle to lamb. walked pup. left-over pot roast for supper.
17:30, 42f, muted sunset. hay to all. checked chickens. got 1 egg. dripped all 12 outside spigots. another wheelbarrow load of firewood. brought plumbago inside.
21:10, 34f, a mist. brighter stars out. orion high in the southern sky. bottle to lamb. 2 coons in huge galled oak by sheep barn. guardian patrolling with dixie back-up. fire going in fireplace. pup and cat right in front of it. home sweet home..

Updated: 3:12 AM GMT on January 23, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:18 PM GMT on January 21, 2014

06:10, 48, partly cloudy. waning gibbous moon above corn crib. venus bright on eastern horizon. roosters crowing. cow lowing off to west. donkeys want hay..
yesterday, before we went to cut firewood, a mature eagle did barrel-rolls over the farm house! wow!
10:30. low tide at CK. west wind, 10-15. 60F. raining with thunder and lightning. the front got here and is spoiling a lovely warm morning! boo, hiss.. white pelicans on mud bank off to east. mended 600 ft. seine when weather died down some and sun made an appearance. 2nd line of showers ended that. studying fishes for test.
15:30, 57, 2nd rain done with, mostly cloudy, some sun. fierce winds, NW 12-17 knts. white caps. birds sheltering from wind. heading to cow town for feed and lamb milk replacer.
17: 50, 57f, west wind. gray sunset. a mist out in pasture. fed lamb. fed all critters but birds who get fed in the morning. pup and guardian playing in yard. 3 deer traveling through donkey woodlot. a lot of barking. brought wheelbarrow of firewood to front of house. building fire, the next chore.
21:20, 51f, a mist. some stars. guardian all over farm barking. bottle to lamb. sheep settled in barn. tang of woodsmoke in the air. good night lambs.

Updated: 2:36 AM GMT on January 22, 2014

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north florida - wild florida - MLK day

By: marsHen, 2:43 PM GMT on January 20, 2014

07:00, 35F, a mist on the pastures. waning gibbous moon setting over sheep barn. dawn. brief walk with pup. guardian sleeping by truck.
09:10, 47F, hay to all herbivorous critters. no wild things in the trees. fed chickens. pleasant walk with pup and guardian in cactus field - a work in progress. the dominant vegetation is bahia grass, dog fennel, and prickly pear. once the goat pasture, it is off limits to domestic animals since goats were sold 4 years ago. pines, oaks, and palmettos slowly springing up. followed the tracks of pickup to sky burial ground. stopped short of it and faced the sun. clouds of water vapor were rising from the damp ground.. very beautiful!
deer hunting season ended yesterday! not that I'm anti-hunting, but I worry about all the does that pass through the farm and have their fawns here.
17:50, 52F, partly cloudy. friend came over with her chainsaw and we cut more firewood. a huge laurel oak limb fell in the ex-goat yard. that, and some of the smaller limbs from the tree that fell on my electric wires during t.s. andrea, got cut up and stacked in the goat shed. pot roast for dinner. did chores at last light. peach and lavender sunset.
21:00, 47F, some stars out. a mist. guardian dashing all over farm barking. pup barking at something in hay barn when lamb got bottle-fed.

Updated: 3:02 AM GMT on January 21, 2014

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By: marsHen, 1:21 PM GMT on January 19, 2014

06:20, 33f, clear. waning gibbous moon over sheep barn. wolf light. quick walk with pup.
8:10, 37f, clear above. frost on fields. a mist. hay to sheep and donkeys. bottle to lamb. fed chickens. pup and guardian playing by sheep barn. crows calling...
09:10, late for church did not notice tide.
10: 20, raining. go figure..
13:10, 72F at back door in sun. 56F in the kitchen window. clear and sunny. pup and guardian playing in front yard. gave bottle to lamb. house 52F, front porch temp, 57. opening all the doors just created a cold draft. building a fire in fireplace.
17:20, 52F, partly cloudy. pale sunset. did chores. got 1 egg. fireplace brought house temperature up to 58.
20:50, 48F, a fog. stars out. guardian barking. bottle to lamb. guardian treed a coon and a 'possum in adjoining trees! 4 bright eyes shining in the trees above the corn crib ...

Updated: 2:12 AM GMT on January 20, 2014

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By: marsHen, 2:54 PM GMT on January 18, 2014

o6:30, 35f, clear. waning full moon setting over donkey woodlot. brief walk with pup.
08:50, 38f, sunny. bottle to lamb. hay for all. gathered firewood. pup and guardian playing.
house cold, 55. might build a fire. washing clothes. looks like good day for drying.
14:10, 68 at back door in sun, 52 in kitchen window, 50 on front porch.. clear and sunny. got 1 egg. did 2 washes, both on line drying. crows calling. boiled shrimp for lunch with key lime dressing. time to build a fire.
17:50, 38, clear. peach sunset. chores. clothes on line mostly dry. chilly all day.
21:10, 35, stars out. waning full moon rising over east lane. lovely and pale. guardian barking in cactus field. some critter perusing the sky burial area. dixie backing her up..

Updated: 2:30 AM GMT on January 19, 2014

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By: marsHen, 2:07 PM GMT on January 17, 2014

06:30, 30f. frost on the fields. a mist. hay to all herbivores. lamb got half bottle. waning full moon sinking to the west through the donkey woodlot.
08:30, 36, sun's up and melting frost. fed chickens and parrot. pleasant walk with guardian and pup on south edge of cactus field. ventured out into it by myself. fair amount of pine seedlings starting up. loblollys planted last year holding their own. it's a rough environment - dry, hot, full of prickly pears.
10:50, blow-out tide rising at CK. 52, south wind, 12 knts. begin mending 3rd 600 ft. seine. oil change in truck. wind picked up in afternoon, SSW 14 knts. got chilly. cat sitting in sun.
16:20, high tide at #4 bridge. gulls and cormorants on the tide. a few brown pelicans. heading to hay-guy's for some hay.
17:10, 54. unload hay. looks decent. chores. bottle to lamb. guardian sneaks into donkey field. damn dog. now she'll do the perimeter on her time..
20:10, 52F. waning full moon in the east. partly cloudy. guardian comes to horse barn gate, wants in yard. dogs get fed. short walk with pup. fire in fireplace. good night fire.

Updated: 4:05 AM GMT on January 18, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:16 PM GMT on January 16, 2014

06:30, 37f, clear. roosters dueling. full moon setting through donkey woodlot oaks. short walk with pup. guardian barked a lot last night. must have been critters passing by.
10:30, blow-out tide at CK. 44f, north wind, 8 knts. sunny but cold in the wind. fed cat. hung new bait seine on fence and washed it. dried pretty fast. mended it then packed it up and stored it away until february. studied sciaenides - the trout, drum, whiting, croaker... what they look like as juvenile young-of-the-year. fish i.d. test next week.
16:00, high tide at #4 bridge. 46F, west wind, 8 knts. sunny. heading to cowtown for supplies.
17:10, 42 at farm. unloaded feed, hay, and groceries. chores. stock got some feedstore hay which they seemed to like. better quality this year than last. got 1 egg. gave bottle to slower twin.
21:00, 37f, full moon bright in the east. some stars.. guardian down by gate, comes back to yard for supper. pleasant walk with pup.

Updated: 3:19 AM GMT on January 17, 2014

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north florida - wild florida - deer island

By: marsHen, 1:43 PM GMT on January 15, 2014

06:20, 41f. clear. roosters crowing. hay to sheep and donkeys. pup ready to play. guardian off somewhere. everyone gets scrambled eggs for breakfast, and grits.
07:40, 40f. got one egg! guardian showed up for scrambled eggs...
09:10, blow-out tide at CK. 54, north wind, 3 knts. tide slowly rising. usual birds at oyster bar. white pelicans off to east.
sampling fishes with bait seine and 600 ft. seine from big trout creek to mcclammory key, centering around deer island. catches were really low in big seine. 3 sets pulled in several silver perch, 1 large redfish and 4 young-of-the-year (YOY) reds, several stingrays, and 2 trout. 5 sets with bait seine pulled in several hundred YOY mullet, spot, pinfish, and anchovies. all fish identified by scientific name, measured, counted, and returned to water. also caught some unidentified YOY clupeids, either menhaden or scaled sardines, 20 of which were collected to be identified at the lab. most of the YOY fish were less than 2" long. amazing that these small fish were alive and active in the cold water, 14-15C (57-59f), which has warmed up from last week's temperature of 11C (52f.) water clarity was low at 0.5 meters.
willets, oystercatchers, terns out on the shell bars. ducks all over. was able to identify black ducks, buffle-heads, and possible hooded merganser. a few loons. a flock of white pelicans. lots of big flocks of cormorants. some brown pelicans.
mostly cloudy with some sun. wind veered to SW in afternoon, 4 knts. 57f.
chillly. in sheltered areas, no-see-ums came out to bother us.
16:30, high tide falling at #4 bridge. heading home.
17:00, 54 at back door. overcast. cup of coffee and some chicken broth with spinach and then to the chores. guardian and pup playing. red and purple sunset. 5 deer crossing sheep pasture.
20:30, 51, overcast. no full moon or stars at all. guardian barking in sheep pasture. deer long gone into south woods.

Updated: 2:58 AM GMT on January 16, 2014

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By: marsHen, 1:10 PM GMT on January 14, 2014

06:10, 61f, overcast, raining. roosters crowing. crows lying low. hay to sheep and donkeys. guardian somewhere under cover. pup wants to stay inside. oatmeal, mango preserves for breakfast.
16:15, 65, blue skies. sun's out.
17:40, 61, sun setting. almost full moon in the east. eveyone got hay. got no eggs. hmm. another pillaging snake? 2 deer in donkey woodlot.
20:10, 52, a mist. almost full moon with rainbow ring and jupiter! guardian barking out by cactus field. a huge oak limb fell in ex-goat yard. firewood!

Updated: 1:33 AM GMT on January 15, 2014

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north florida - wild florida - seahorse key

By: marsHen, 11:41 AM GMT on January 13, 2014

05:50, 41, damp. roosters yellin'. pup out. new bale of hay to donkeys and sheep. oatmeal for breakfast. packing a lunch.
08:00, blowout tide at CK. 52f, east wind, 8 knts. the usual birds at the oyster bar. have to wait for some water.
09:30, enough incoming tide to b egin sampling. sampling fishes between candy island and sea horse key. 5 sets with bait seine, 4 sets with 600 ft. seine. water temperatures ranged from 11.5C to 13C, 52-55f. catches were very low except for 2 sets. caught a few trout, stingrays, silver perch, big mullet. the bait seine pulled in young-of-the-year redfish, spot, pinfish, mullet - all less than 2" long. these YOY fishes are recruiting into the estuary. all fishes identified, measured, counted, and released.
a chilly day. sun came and went. sky went from partly cloudy to overcast in the late afternoon. a lot of mud. almost lost a boot. and if not mud, oysters... a strenous day.
immature eagle flew over piney point. both pelicans, cormorants, gulls on the channel islands . ducks fying off. 5 loons in lagoon northeast seahorse lab. willets. dolphin in main channel.
16:00, 58, south wind, 3 knts. high tide falling at #4 bridge. gulls in the lead. heading to farm.
14:40, 65, overcast. began chores. got no eggs.
20:30, 63f, overcast. a glimpse of waxing gibbous moon. no stars. rain out in the gulf.

Updated: 2:40 AM GMT on January 14, 2014

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By: marsHen, 9:41 PM GMT on January 12, 2014

06:30, 45f, fog. roosters up. hay to sheep and donkeys. did a wash.
09:00, high tide rising at CK. 52f, north wind, 5 knts. church was good. sat in sun most of service. sandspit covered, a very light chop. big flock of ducks out in goose cove.
12:30, 58, east wind, 8 knts. high tide falling at #4 bridge. a few herons and egrets working the marsh.
13:00, 65f at back door. clear and sunny. let sheep in yard. guardian in corral. built a fire in the fireplace. need to retrieve the cut-up wood in the donkey woodlot.
17:20, 46, a ground fog. sky clear. waxing gibbous moon shining in east. days getting longer afternoon-wise. donkeys got hay they didn't like. sheep were in the yard all afternoon so have to clean up their hay from this morning.
21:00, 45, stars bright. moon has halo. orion over sheep pasture. woodsmoke in the air. getting chilly again.

Updated: 3:24 AM GMT on January 13, 2014

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By: marsHen, 2:13 PM GMT on January 11, 2014

06:50, 67f, overcast and damp. roosters crowing. sheep and donkeys waiting for hay. winding from SW. guardian sleeping by old truck. pup wants to play.
radar shows rain heading this way from gulf.
14:30, 75f, overcast, gray and getting dreary. windy with significant gusts. worked in yard. collected firewood. sheep in yard for few hours. guardian in donkey field.
17:20, 68f, raining. thunder with distant lightning. strong winds from SW. branches and palmetto fans falling.
20:30, 63f, clearing. thin clouds racing from WSW. waxing gibbous moon shines through. stars. pretty.

Updated: 3:26 AM GMT on January 12, 2014

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By: marsHen, 11:53 AM GMT on January 10, 2014

05:50, 64F (!), dense fog. even with kitchen light on and a head lamp I got lost in the yard. roosters crowing. guardian ate her dinner, sleeping by truck. all quiet in sheep barn. packing lunch.
08:00, high tide falling at C.K. 62F, east wind, 8 knts. thick fog. double tripping to sample fishes between corrigan's reef and north key = offshore trawls, and inshore seines. catches were low on the trawl boat. fish of the day was the spottail jawfish, about 2.5" in length. water temperatures ranged from 10C -12C, 50-53.5F, depending on the water depth. tide across the flats between the out islands was ferocious and one reason for the low catches. netted a bushel of sea stars, which bind up the net. all fishes, etc., identified, measured, counted, and returned to the gulf. a few ducks out there, paired or solitary buffleheads mostly. a few loons. all swimming and/or flying in and out of the fog. did not see the out islands until our last 2 sets. partly sunny. wind veered to the south, 3 knts.
15:30, 68F. mid tide falling at #4 bridge.
the usual suspects - cormorants, brown pelicans, seagulls, on the oyster bar. great blue in marsh. kingfish on the wire.
17:50, 67F, ground fog in the pastures. chores. smoked ribs for dinner! all dogs happy.
20:50, 65F, ground fog, clear above. stars out - orion, jupiter - waxing gibbous moon floating above the farm. good night sheep.

Updated: 2:59 AM GMT on January 11, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:41 PM GMT on January 09, 2014

06:40, 49F, raining. roosters crowing. crows calling. hay to donkeys and sheep. feels almost warm outside.
20:15, 63F, overcast. drizzled all day. NE breeze. everywhere I went, it was colder inside than outside. two days ago we were all freezing.
waxing gibbous moon peering between clouds. damp guard dog sleeping on the front porch. good dog! good night.

Updated: 2:54 AM GMT on January 10, 2014

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north florida - wild florida - suwannee delta

By: marsHen, 1:14 AM GMT on January 09, 2014

05:50, 32f, overcast. roosters crowing. turned off dripping spigots. hay to all. fed chickens. made lunch. oatmeal.
09:00, 36F, mid tide falling on the suwannee river. low catches today. two net sets that pulled in nothing at all. water temps, mid to upper 40's depending on the location. sampled the back creeks, then went off shore for a quick trawl since the wind laid down for a bit. it was cold all day. lots of flocks of ducks out on the reefs. otherwise, brown and white pelicans and oodles of cormorants. 1 osprey perched on a nest. starkly beautiful out there - striations of wind driven foam offshore. inshore, vast golden spartina meadows. not for the faint-hearted the winter sea/landscapes of the suwannee delta but worth every shivering minute.
14:00, 50F at back door. pup glad to see me. guardian waiting for the truck by the corral. good dogs! all quiet in the sheep barn.
21:20, 49F, breezy from the NE. overcast. waxing gibbous moon faint in the western sky. no stars. fed dogs. balmy out. chilly inside. good night dear moon.

Updated: 2:54 AM GMT on January 09, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:43 AM GMT on January 08, 2014

05:30, 29F, clear. stars showing. cold, sick lamb in barn. hot water bottles and blanket and a warm sip of milk which she wouldn't swallow was al I could do since I was meeting the crew for a sampling trip on the suwannee. did chores, packed lunch. woke roosters up. pup cold. guardian running in circles.
08:50, 28F, north wind, 10-15 knts. all day. ice on the banks of the suwannee river. ice on the deck of the boat. hands freezing. water temperature, 14C, 59F. water felt warm compared to the air which did not get above 39 most of the day. trawled and did boat sets with bait seine. 10 sets. catches were low, mostly small amounts of pinfish and silver jennys (Eucinostomus sp) no larger than 2", a few juvenile blue crabs, and a juvenile large mouth bass. we had to abort several trawls due to snags which meant we dumped the catch without measuring them and set the trawl again. both aborts brought in some big fat white catfish, which were wrestled out of the trawl sleeve and thrown back. birds were scarce - 1 small flock of brown pelicans, another small flock of white pelicans, and a lot of cormorants flying and rafting. a loon in the river. a few ducks in side creeks. 2 wet, muddy, and cold-looking raccoons puttering around the river banks. water was low. everything else was hunkered down.
14:00, 40F at back door. checked in barn and lamb was dead. buried her. hay to all. chicken soup for supper. built fire.
17:20, 35F, chores done. 2 loads of wood under porch roof. getting tired..
waxing half moon up above.

Updated: 2:55 AM GMT on January 09, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:04 PM GMT on January 06, 2014

05:50, 63F, clear. stars showing. roosters waking up. new lambs in the barn. chickens, except for little red hen, are laying again.
friends helped to strip the citrus yesterday (and cut me some more firewood.) got almost 4 boxes of tangerines plus assorted grapefruits and oranges.. hoping the trees won't suffer too bad from the predicted cold (20's and teens) that will pummel us in the next few days. 12 outdoor spigots to drip tonight! damn, not looking forward to this...
11:30, low 50's, NW wind, 15-25 knts. tide falling from high at 08:30. chilly out working on the big net. finished 2nd 600 ft. seine. temperature dropping and it's blowing.
14:30, 48F, NW wind, 15 knts. sun came out for about 30 seconds. blow-out tide at #4 bridge. gulls, cormorants, brown pelicans on oyster bar.
15:00, 45F at back door. not so windy at farm. everyone wants hay.
17:50, 43F, did chores. pup and guardian played. got firewood together. dripped all 12 outside spigots except for the pipe where the ex- took the spigot for his own use. damn yankee..
21:20, 41F, partly cloudy. waxing crescent moon high above. some stars. guardian out barking all over the farm. maybe the coons are out. she offed one saturday. north wind picking up. pup cozy in front of the fire. hoping it doesn't get below 30...

Updated: 2:37 AM GMT on January 07, 2014

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About marsHen

marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.