north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen , 2:10 PM GMT on June 01, 2012

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07:40, 75F, overcast. rained last night. 0.5". calm. took newdog out for walk in sheep pasture. she alerted me to a fawn by the fence. we left it alone. scrambled eggs for breakfast.
09:30, 78F, overcast. more rain out in the Gulf, seems to be tracking our way. tomatoes ripening. got a little grape tomato that is delicious - sweet!
fed birds. took big dogs for a walk. fawn is still in the sheep pasture. can't jump the big boundary fence. its mom will return for it. or it can jump the old fence into the donkey woodlot.
10:50, 79F, overcast. new ram lamb in sheep barn. beauty's the mom.. locked them in the lamb stall since lamb's back legs are weak. he'll be o.k. not worried.
13:00, mostly cloudy. 80's. went to feedstore wi. newdog to get hay. no oats.. fresh coastal @ 7.5/bale. grrrr. got a few bales. newdog got a new collar. looks like rain by-passed us. yard cat still missing.
17:05, 83F, mostly cloudy. buried placenta. ram lamb's got his legs working pretty much right. gave out new hay. no one seemed thrilled. got 2 eggs.
20:20, 78F, mostly cloudy. humid. fawn at the south fence and mom on the other side. she will jump the fence and move the fawn. I hope.
21:40, 77f, clouds moving from SW. waxing gibbous moon in the SE over the house - ringed by rainbows when covered by clouds. a few stars. dogs barking.

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2. marsHen
3:20 PM GMT on June 01, 2012
yes! miss that late afternoon rain! had it in south florida when I lived out in dade county, and had it up here, too when I moved here in '81. then it changed in the late 80's, early 90's. I'm with you in thinking that all the development, trashing the woodlands and using too much water, has something to do with the droughts we've been experiencing. we've not had good rains since after el nino in late '98.
only in 2004 when those hurricanes came through did we get some good rain. hurricane jean came right over the farm. the silence of the eye woke me up in the wee hours. went outside and saw stars and thought, it's not offshore.. this is the eye. as soon as I got back inside, the wind shifted to the north and started in again. laid a cedar right down on the corner of the kitchen but this old house stood firm. sure wish we could get back to those afternoon rains!
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1. janetlee
2:28 PM GMT on June 01, 2012
happy for your rain! I find it amazing FL is having such a drought condition. I'm thinking it is because of all the removing of the fruit groves for housing,malls,parking lots,etc.When we lived in S FL it rained daily @ 4p. and we never had to worry over such ~ but that was way back in the 60's & 70's before the big population explosion.
Also happy Gnudog is working out so well.
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marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.