Oh yeah, Marva says it was also a hard summer on Postal Workers as they were also heat stressed.
Joey our limping goat is still limping even though I broke down and called a veterinarian to come by and treat her. She has had a full treatment of antibiotics, liniment, marihuana ointment, and has had her leg bandaged to help support and stabilize the leg. Nothing has helped to date. She is happy, active and eating well as she limps her way through life. She did come perilously close to having her life ended, but not due to the hurt leg as you will soon see.
The raspberry canes that I planted in the back half of the garden adapted well to the soil and new location growing fantastically. The only thing that grew more spectacular was the corn that I put in the first row, 24" in from the lower fence where the soil in the deepest and richest. Of everything I planted this year it was the fresh corn on the cob that I was looking forward to the most. The corn stalks were the first plants to break through the ground and they grew like a weed. One morning after attending to the animals I walked over to the garden and found a disaster, the corn stalks which now were about 6" tall had all be pulled out of the ground and much of the tops had been eaten. Nothing else in the garden had been touched. I looked for sign that either deer or rabbits had been in the garden but failed to produce any evidence to identify the culprit(s). I carefully replanted as many of the corn plants as I could find and sadly realized that my corn crop had been reduced in half.
I maintained a much closer watch on the garden and would walk around once in awhile with my pellet gun looking for those pesky rabbits that I would see playing and sunning themselves in the field below the garden. I was sure that they had been responsible as deer would have to leave hoof prints in the soft soil. I decided that I was going to eat a rabbit in lieu of the lost corn.
The surviving stalks were now well over a foot tall and some a good foot and a half. All is well in the garden, when Uncle Gordie and Aunt Nonie came for a visit. We welcomed them at the front door and the first thing Gordie says "As I drove in I saw your white goat with its head through the garden fence eating." I ran out to see Joey hobbling away from the garden fence and all the corn stalks once again were pulled out and eaten. My first thought was I will be eating goat tonight not rabbit. Marva immediately made it clear to me that it was not going to happen, besides it was my fault for planting the corn to close to the fence.
"Rocket" and "Eclaire" our new lambs have settled very well into life on the farm. When I transferred their registration "Rocket" became "Rockette" which is more feminine and representative of the young lady she has become. They are currently living in with the goats and have their own stall in the goat barn as we do not want them bred this year.
It is really fall now with the leaves changing colour and falling from the trees. It is windy and raining outside and the wood stove is well stoked. Several nights ago we had our first real wind storm. I had secured all the animals in their barns as the neighbours had photos of a big black bear on their trail cam just above our property. At approximately 5:00 am a large Grand Fir tree succombed to the wind and fell hitting the sheep barn dead center. When I went to let the animals out, I found the treetop across the barn with a branch punched right through the roof. In all there were three holes in the roof and some crinkled roofing but there was no structural damage.
Tilly has been taking life easy after raising her first litter. She did Basic Rally training this summer and although she did very well at it, she hates it. As a result I have retired her from Rally and she has mastered lying around on the couch. Proving again dogs take on the best traits of their Master.