This picture is of the south end of our pasture this morning.
It had become a terrible mess of vines and weeds.
You could not walk into it at all, the plants were seven feet tall in places.
Where you see the REALLY tall plants here is right against the south fence of the little henyard. I'm telling you, it was a jungle.
Here's why... neighbor Troy came over and knocked down the high stuff for us!
He ran out of gas in the old tractor... and it was iffy if she was going to start again... so he was willing her to start in this picture!
She DID start and he was able to drive her home down the road.
We are so grateful to him for knocking down all the hiding places.
It got hot today... and frozen jugs came out. There are frozen bottles in the waterers, too.
I have a steady supply out in the freezer for the next few days that will be in the low to mid 90's.
The outside water wasn't forgotten, either... the jug keeps it very, very cool!
Rooster Two hung out with Mary in the cool corner by the duck pool.
While Rooster One and his little pal Teeny Two hung out in the dust of the cool little henyard.
While their brother Rooster Three couldn't find any hen who would give him the time of day.
I had some chore help.
They love the lineup of shrubs right here, and always have to stop to have a bite.
But I finally got them over to their pen, until they heard the tractor coming down the drive. Yes, the feeder is still used for naps!
Here's the Grillmeister, getting our steak cooked. Yes, I say "steak" because we share one now, and always have leftovers to cut up for the dogs. I remember a day not so long ago when we each would have eaten a steak. Now we eat appreciably a lot less.
It was delicious by the way, with corn on the cob and some German potato salad.
As of today, I am Officially Watering. I let the hose run on "mist" in several of the beds, and Keith aired my tires up in the little tractor cart, so I can bucket the water from the duck pond easily. The ground is now very dry, and we are expecting little rain this week. I noticed the small vernal ponds are drying up again... but Kathy and Troy's pond has come up to it's pre-drought level.
Tomorrow, I'll start moving the hose around from bed to bed, giving everything a soak every few days.
I have to be careful that we don't run the well down, and burn the pump out, so I water, then turn it off for a while to give the pump time to build back up.
So worth it.
Betty Davis eyes.