north florida - vernal equinox

By: marsHen , 11:24 AM GMT on March 20, 2012

06:55, 61F, calm, clear. rosy skies to east. dawn chorus amazing. roosters up. crows flying. the world would be drab without birds..
11;05, equinox/new moon high tide at CK. sunny, 70's, slight breeze. washed and dried the trawl we used last week. found holes in it. mended the bait seine. big slashes in the bag from the oysters and rocks south of corrigan's reef. no-see-ums bothersome.
16:10, tide still up at #4 bridge. ducks all around, diving and preening. heading for cow town for fuel, feed, and groceries. cows grazing in clumps in the rye fields. noticed when I backed up to the feed store dock that there was no hay displayed, just straw.. turns out my predictions from months ago were correct. there was no hay. and none to be found. most of the hay growers have run out.
with yesterday's hay run to the hay guy down the road, I have several weeks worth of hay in my barn since I've been storing hay over the past month. but I thought on how his hay barn was getting low so I swung by again and bought 10 more bales. he said the feed store asked him about his hay but he told them he was saving his hay for his regular customers.. :) he's a good guy!
18:10, 81F at the farm, partly cloudy. chicken livers for supper. then I unloaded the hay and feed. got 4 eggs. sold 3 doz. eggs today.
20:05, 79F, overcast. no stars showing. walked jack russell after feeding the herbivores.
21:00, 75F, clear with a breeze from SE. stars and planets all out and shining brightly, esp. venus!
happy that I have almost a month's worth of hay in the barn! and it could last even longer if we get some rain and the pasture keeps growing - or not that long if we get a long dry spell ...

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2. marsHen
12:00 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
1st cutting might be early if the weather is right but one never knows. best to stock up for at least a few weeks.. good luck!
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1. Skyepony (Mod)
3:08 AM GMT on March 21, 2012
Most the hay here is from NFL. Prices went up 2 weeks ago. I think I'm going to go ahead & buy what I need til first cutting. Thanks for the heads up.
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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.