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the heat, it dries [Jul. 27th, 2010|10:48 pm]
Doug Ayen
Ramblings behind the cut.

Off in the back acreage of the farm there's a pond, it's been pretty full since I moved in. With all the heat recently, I've not been back there for a few weeks. After Sunday's wind storm that took out power for 24 hours and knocked some trees over, I went and started a survey of the fences -- it looks like I'll need to replace a few sections that had trees or large branches dropped on them. At least I don't have livestock to keep contained, because there's at least 3 sections down.

Also, it's a good thing, as my stock pond is dryer than I've seen it since I moved in. There's a ton of deer tracks in the mud, for what that's worth, but the water level is down a good 3 feed -- on a pond about 20' across. That's a lot of water evaporated. Deer don't drink that much.

It's finally cooled off a bit -- it only hit the lower 90's today, most of the last month it's gone over 100F. If this holds for a few days I'll catch up on yardwork and get started on fixing the fences -- and the weather report looks good, if rain-free for the foreseeable future.

I wonder if I should go ahead and order up some water for the pond, or just let it keep drying out. Good arguments for either plan. Still would like to dig that out a bit and create an aquatic ecosystem instead of the current mud-and-more-mud situation, even if the turtles seem to like it.