north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen , 12:14 PM GMT on January 03, 2012

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06:15, 34F, calm. wind woke me up around 4. not sure what that was about. clear sunrise. so glad it's not in the 20's. want to run out and turn all the water off. everyone carrying on outside. got a little fire going. oatmeal for breakfast.
09:40, 39f, north wind, 5-10 knts, sunny. got 2 eggs. the smallest of the young rams managed to get a length of barb-wire stuck in his eyelid and he twisted it about 5 times. I untwisted it, got the barb out and had to cut, with my kitchen shears, the injured part of the eyelid off. it was hanging down over his eye. he was remarkedly calm the whole time. otherwise, a usual morning, except for the large, furry dead male coon I found in the back yard. threw it over the boundary fence into the north pasture for the buzzards.
got all the spigots turned off. watered what's left of the garden and stacked another wheel barrow load of firewood in front.
10:30, blow-out tide at CK. everything exposed. birds gleaning the flats. upper 30's. wind N-NW, 10-15 knts. with gusts to 18. stayed inside and worked in library. temps rose to 41F.
15:30, tide coming in. looks like normal low tide. ducks all over the place, diving and floating. brr.
16:10, 45F, breeze from north. sunny and cold. got fire going. chili for supper. got another egg. injured lamb has scabs around his eye but is acting normal and eating.
19:00, 34F, clear, venus brilliant in the west. waxing gibbous moon and jupiter are parting again.
chores done, yard dogs tucked in, light on for the lone parrot, water dripping in all 10 spigots, hope I have enough firewood under the porch. I'm tired. the weather-guessers predict teens for tonight. hope they are wrong, I'm scheduled to go out on the water tomorrow .. cold in here, back to the fire and my book.

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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.