Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Gopher Wood anyone?

Methinks we need an ark.

Well ok, maybe not now. But Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it sure looked like it. My plan for that weekend was to do all the end of season yardwork. Clean the gardens so I can plant my garlic, clean up the greenhouse, bring in the lawn ornaments etc...

Meerrp! Guess not. That plan went out the door Friday night. It started to rain, and rain, and rain and rain some more. The wind came into play so that didn't help matters. Then Saturday it rained and rained and rained and rained some more. Sunday morning it just drizzled, then it rained and rained and rained and rained some more.

Are we seeing a pattern here? From Friday night to Sunday morning we received more than 200mm of rain! (for you Americans, 25mm equals one inch) What rain we didn't get this summer, we got this weekend. Everyone is flooded. Us for some strange reason didn't get a flooded basement. Weird.

BUT! we lost our goat fence and a tree. The tree was on it's way to fall on the chicken barn, hay barn and the corner of the goat barn. So Dave and our neighbour took his tractor and pulled it the other way.

My poor goat fence.

Then...my fence posts at the goat pasture broke under the pressure of all the rain being pounded by the wind. It broke alot of them right at ground level. So the goats are stuck in the barn and not happy about it. The front part of the pasture is fine, so Dave is going to block off the broken part and we'll fix it next spring. So that way the goats will be able to go outside.

The tree that fell. It was going on the other side.

As for the tree that got knocked down in the pig's pen...well... It killed the electric fence and the regular fence. Thank goodness we only have 2 little pigs left. They are locked in the barn for now, needless to say. They are also going to the butcher this week. They are only 3 months old, but nobody wants to buy them. So we are going to keep them whole and BBQ them on the spit.

So back to the rain, about an hour's drive from here in a place called Quinan they really got the brunt of it. The news had a reporter in a boat. It looked like are large lake. It was really a farmer's field. There was at least 6 feet of water if not more.

The dam broke!

One of the dams in our area broke. Dave went out today and took some photos. It was nice today, no rain...until now...I now hearing the rain just pouring outside. Sugar Boogers! This is not good for the people of Quinan. Many houses are destroyed, roads are gone, bridges are underwater and the hydro dam is almost ready to burst. They've been keeping a close eye on it.

This is really a nice big lawn. Not anymore. If it could freeze, it would be a nice skating rink.

Not good, not good at all. We have to keep praying that they'll all be safe. They have evacuated everyone, but there's still property and livestock.

Tundra with her Elvis impression

Well Tundra is growing. And growing.. She's a little over 5 months old now and she's 64lbs, extremely clumsy and into everything. The kitchen is getting too small for her. We were putting her with the goats until the fence got knocked down. That was tiring her out and they are finally getting along.

But in the meantime, she's been busy chewing in the kitchen.

Hmmmm... too bad she doesn't have any bones and toys to chew on. NOT! She's got lots of bones, but she prefers my cupboards....

and the baseboards

and the potato bin

and the antique high chair

and more baseboards!

She has got to move to the barn where she belongs! AND SOON!
Dave is going to change the pig pens to a Tundra pen when she's not with the goats.

Well that's about it for today.

Have a Blessed Day!


  1. Holy cow! You guys got some serious rain!! Hope you stay afloat!

    Tundra is such a sweetie! Except for that chewing thing - too bad they have to go throught that.

    Take care!

  2. Congratulations Lisa on your win at Rural Revival. I'm glad you won so I could find your delightful blog. We have a lot in common as my husband and I started "farming" in 2008 with our first chickens. Your place has been hammered with rain and a dam break--so sorry. It's amazing how quickly Mother Nature can wipe out what we humans have spend hours and months working on. You have a good attitude about it. It's just part of it I guess. Love Tundra and I do see that Elvis in there. The paw prints...argh... don't you just love how our critters can mess up a house? I do love them though :) Look forward to blogging wtih you--if you get a chance, check out our blog-we have a lot in common.
    Amy at Verde Farm

  3. Hi Lisa!

    I just wandered over here after seeing your name on Rural Revival's blog. It's nice to see other people with the same beliefs out there in blogland. And we live relatively near each other. I'm in NB. Nice meeting you!

  4. Wow, that is a lot of rain. Tundra is a beautiful pup, and she obviously knows it!

    Just wanted to let you know that you're the winner of the CSN giveaway I hosted! Congrats!

    Drop me a line to ontarioruralrevival@gmail.com and I'll send you the info!



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