“Become dust - & they will throw thee in the air; Become stone - & they will throw thee on glass." Muhammad Iqbal *Beyond the bushes, boiling with dust, is 4Shoes West boundary road.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Wicked Weather

Feeder flipped by lightning strike, July 4/2015
Well Sir, the last week or so Mother Nature has really seen fit to kick some 4Shoes ass.
Luckily, no one has been injured (that is, other than the pelting I took by the golf-ball sized hail on June 27th) & the animals are all none the worse for wear.
The horses had been standing in the pasture when lightning struck & flipped one of the feeders but, at that point, they decided to take refuge in the bush for the remainder of the day.
Wise move.
A perfect porcine palace for 2
BaconBobMarley & SausageSteveEarle both wisely snored away the day inside their cozy little shelter, burrowed down in the straw, just as snug as 2 bugs in a rug. Smart porkers. 
I cannot convince the two of them that they look fairly well fed
The whereabouts of BarnCats #1 & #2 were quickly ascertained; they were both holed up in the tack room &, when discovered, vainly tried to convince me that they are in immediate danger of starving. To death. Really. STTAAARRVVIIIINNGG.

Fearless Saint spent the day inside the house, her one "secret" fear being nasty storms.
She lay by the door, nervously checking out the window & breaking explosive, evil smelling wind every few minutes.

Manic slept through the entire afternoon,
obliviously curled up on the back of the couch.

The power was only out this time for a little more than 5 hours, which we spent reading, playing games by candlelight, & supping on pizza baked on the barbecue. The only real hardship is that the well pump is electric. No water = conservative flushing. The stock troughs all had plenty of water (thanks to the relentless, pounding rain), but I didn't see hide nor hair of any of the critters again until this morning.
Note to self: We ought to buy a big back-up generator... 
All in all, I can safely say that I've spent worse days.... but still, I think I would just as soon go back to a regularly scheduled summer now, without all the weather drama.

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