The weather has finally taken a turn towards Fall, with cooler temperatures and lower humidity. I worked up a spot of ground in the back and planted some deer browse for the wildlife to eat this winter. I also put out some buckwheat seeds in this patch. I know it is late for buckwheat, but while I was at the bee keeper’s meeting, one of the old beeks showed me some pictures on his phone. He said he planted some buckwheat and after only 14 days later it was up and blooming and his bees were working it. So I decided to give it a try, maybe there will be time for the buckwheat to bloom and my bees can stock up for the winter.
I started putting up more shelves in the back of my new barn addition. I need to put up one more shelf and add the front legs and I will be ready to start adding junk valuable stuff on them.
Our local Feed and Seed store had these cats outside when I went to pick up my seeds for the deer plot. The owner said they showed up a few weeks ago and wouldn’t leave so he started feeding them and now they appear to have taken up residence at the store.
I found another piece of roadside treasure this week. I was driving down a gravel road and spotted this measuring tape in the middle of the road. It worked out really nice since I had just broken the one I carry in my truck the day before.
I was coming through an intersection in town and this auto accident had just occurred. This white car slammed into the rear of another car which then slammed into a pickup truck. The driver on the white car was probably texting and driving if I had to guess. Remember, Don’t Text and Drive!
And finally, if you look at that bright spot in the middle of the picture, you can see an aerial drone. It was hovering around the local High School football stadium taking videos of the on-field action. I have seen drones on You-Tube, but this is the first in real life. It could hover there motionless for a while then shoot off in any direction. It reminded me of a Hummingbird! People are just now thinking up ways they can use drones to make money, but I don’t see the usefulness just yet. Although they might be good for scoping out the area checking for Zombies! Until then, keep prepping everyone!
Some people say if we leave them alone, they will leave us alone. Yeah, right.
How many of those poor, unfortunate Muslim immigrants do you want to bring over here to live in your neighborhood?
Islam will conquer Europe in our lifetime and they are well on the way to conquering America as well. Keep prepping everyone!
I use this net to sweep through the soybeans I check each week. In this field I swept up several honey bees which was unusual since these soybeans were no longer blooming. But, the weeds in the field were blooming. The main weed they were working was prickly sida, commonly known as teaweed.
It is hard to tell from the picture, but teaweeds have lots of small yellow blooms. They sure seemed to like those blooms!
I drove by this pile of driftwood from the river backwater and noticed someone had thrown a bunch of wooden shipping pallets onto the pile. Well, you know what happened to those pallets don’t you? That’s right, I went back and got them and stacked them behind my barn. I can always use a good pallet!
I drove by this house and noticed this bush. Do you see those dead limbs sticking up and the green foliage underneath? That is a huge, old fig bush that was frozen back to the ground two winters ago, but regrew from the roots. My small bushes did the same thing, but this bush was at least 15 feet tall. That’s how cold the winter was!
Some of my regular readers know how I keep my eyes open and spot lots of things lying on the side of the road. I spotted this out of the corner of my eye and thought “Oh Lord, surely that is not what it looks like.” And thankfully it was just a doll. There are some evil, vicious people in the world today, just like the nut who killed the TV reporter live on-air last week. You never know what kind of murder and mayhem you may encounter out in the world. You have to be on guard at all times. The TV and internet has been full of articles remembering this 10 year anniversary of hurricane Katrina. Many, many people said they were shocked at how fast civilization collapsed once the electricity went off. I’m not the least bit surprised. As a matter of fact, I surprised it doesn’t happen more often! The world is full of animals just waiting for an excuse to go on a rampage. The stock market crashed (not really a crash they say, just a correction) and the powers that be said don’t worry, everything will be OK. Keep moving, nothing to see here! Keep your bullets, beans and bandages stocked up and keep prepping everyone!
We had a famous visitor to the homestead today; Rosie Swale Pope. We looked out next to the highway and someone was sitting under one of our trees enjoying the shade. We went down to check and see if she needed some help and started talking to her about her journey. We gave her some water and food while she told us about her life story. This is one amazing woman! I came in and did some online research and couldn’t believe some of the thing she has accomplished. She is a famous adventurer and motivational speaker who is currently running solo across The US pulling a 300 pound cart behind her that has all her supplies and this is where she sleeps at night! One of the things she claims is running 27 marathons in 27 days. I don’t know if I believe that! I think that would kill your body, I don’t care how fit you are. Just Google her name and you can read about some of her miraculous adventures. Below is an excerpt from an article in the Philadelphia Enquirer.
When you first meet United Kingdom’s Rosie Swale Pope, referred to by most people as just Rosie, you can’t help getting caught up in her enthusiasm and her love of life. She is on a mission to raise cancer awareness and to inspire people to live life to the fullest and to never give up. She made a stop in Philadelphia Wednesday and Thursday as a part of her journey to run the United States from New York to San Francisco.
“I first came to America as part of my sailing trip,” she said, referring to her solo transatlantic voyage in 1982. “I was blown away by how friendly America was.”
She also spent time here on her trip around the world. This time around she is exploring as much of the states as she can. She expects to run 10 to 12 miles a day. It should take her about 9 months to a year to complete this jaunt.
“I can do 17 miles a day and have even done 27 miles a day before, but this trip I want to spend more time meeting and talking with people,” she said.
When she leaves Philly, Rosie will be heading to Washington through Baltimore and she plans on stopping by the White House although she doesn’t expect to meet with the president. Then she will head to Louisville Kentucky and all the way west to San Francisco.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sportsdoc/Global-adventurer-Rosie-runs-across-America.html#AtFwyzL4QPcykHs1.99
Rosie has sailed around the world in a sailboat with her husband, and after his death from cancer, she sailed solo across the Atlantic Ocean, one of only 4 women to ever do so. She trekked alone 3000 miles on horseback through Chile and has run marathons all over the world, even through the Sahara Desert. We wish her well in her trek across America! God bless you Rosie!
I didn’t do much around here this week although I did pick a few grapes from the vines I planted last Spring. I’ve neglected the orchard this Summer, but hopefully everything that survives will be tough and hardy for the future. I disked up a small area in the back preparing to plant some turnip greens when we get a rain. We have 3 days with a 50% chance this week so maybe I can get the greens planted then.
I found the first open cotton bolls of the year this week. The bolls are small and dinky because they came from a burned up sand blow area in a field, but at least they are an omen of things to come. The end of this season is near! Finally!
As I was working, I stopped under a tree to send a text on my phone and these chickens came running out to my truck. I guess they thought I was going to feed them. Someday soon I will have chickens here on the homestead. If you look at the top of the picture you can see the sun shining through the fog that morning. We have a lot of heavy fog days in August because of the high humidity. That’s what drives the heat index values so high in the Summer. It’s cooler this week, but the prior week the heat index was nearly 115 degrees. That is way too hot!
This is a picture of one of the Cooper’s Hawks that live here at the homestead. When I do get chickens, I don’t know if I will ever be able to let them free range because of the hawks. Do any of you have hawks bother your chickens? Keep prepping everyone!