A Gift of Rain

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I feel like I’m falling way behind on my blogging. I’ve wanted to post an update of the veggie garden progress for weeks, but other things always seem to get in the way. Like now, I can’t possibly focus on anything else but this weekend’s rain! I was away the whole of last week working in Joburg and Quentin joined me for a weekend visit to a friend’s farm near Klerksdorp. When we got home on Sunday night there was about 60mm (just over 2 inches) in the rain gauge. It was desperately needed as we were starting to run short of food and water for the cattle and the newly planted maize was wilting in the heat. It’s too late for the wheat crop, which is almost ready to be reaped, but hopefully it will be a better season for our summer crops (maize and sunflower).

After a good drenching everything looks brighter and more sparkly and the dusty air has been washed clean. Needless to say, my beloved farmer is in a very good mood! One can get pretty fixated on the weather when one’s livelihood depends on it.

On Monday morning I took the dogs for a long muddy walk. The sky was electric blue and there were puddles all over the place. Coco stayed at home because she was recovering from her third bout of biliary this summer. We were lucky to get home when we did on Sunday because she was looking very poorly and needed medication urgently. She is on the mend, but the poor little thing certainly knows how to look sorry for herself!

Convalescing Coco baby.

Convalescing Coco baby.

A glorious morning at Vastrap!

A glorious Monday morning at Vastrap!

The rocky drive leading to the house.

The rocky drive leading to the house.

Puddles for the first time this summer!

Puddles for the first time this summer!

Tumi, Paris and Patch having a swim.

Tumi, Paris and Patch having a swim.

Passing a lone bull.

Passing a lone bull.

Newly planted maize refreshed after the rain.

Newly planted maize refreshed after the rain.

Replenished dam.

Replenished dam.

Happy bulls chewing the cud.

Happy Boran bulls chewing the cud.

Gumboots!

My gumboots!

Muddy dog prints.

Muddy dog and cattle prints.

Vista.

Farm vista.

The rain came too late for the wheat almost ready to be reaped.

The rain came too late for the wheat almost ready to be reaped.

Water supplies still low.

Water supplies still low.

5 thoughts on “A Gift of Rain

  1. The power of the rain! Living by the seasons, close to the earth, is just the most frustratingly wonderful thing to do. Oh to be a farmer who doesn’t need to depend on the rain. Is there such a person?

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  2. How wonderful! Would still love the update on the veggie garden. Seeing it flourish in that tricky soil and the dry conditions would make it even more of a thrill.

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  3. So special Maris – so excited to see everything in a few weeks time. Coco’s resillience is amazing. I remember when my Grandparents lost their dogs on the farm when they got billary and here (I guess thanks to improved vetinary science) Coco has survived 3 bouts. Shew!

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