Rain & Pastures


We had an interesting week in February; many of you have seen this view of the pasture below our house in April. These pastures are amazingly productive with fertile top soil 20-25 feet deep in places. They are the result of thousands of years of top soil deposits that result from the flooding of Cow Creek.

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This last week we added a little top soil when 5 inches of rain in just a couple days brought Cow Creek to flood stage. The same field with the idyllic tulips looked a little different! I try to remember that we would not have these wonderful, deep soils if this was not a flood plain, and a little clean up of fields and a few fence repairs are a small price to pay.

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What we do have to be very careful of is the safety of the sheep. High water is deadly for sheep, they are not very tall and they can only swim a few feet. So when Leonard called and said that the creeks were rising fast, we grabbed my two dogs (Sissy and Daisy) and started moving sheep to higher ground; QUICKLY. Within an hour they were all on safe pastures and we returned to shed soggy clothing and put the dogs on a dry straw bed with a dish of warm food and thanks for a job well done. Looking off the deck we could see that the sheep’s pastures were now underwater so Leonard’s years of experience had paid off again!

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