It has been a very dry year around here, so far. The Bag Lady was out in the pasture the other day, and tried to take some pictures of just how bad the conditions are. She discovered it isn't easy to photograph dryness accurately! This patch of grass gives an indication - at this time of year, it should be lush and green. This looks more like a picture taken in August after a hot, dry spell: (please note the concern on the face of your tour guide, the exalted Princess.)
Here the Princess points out that this area should be lush and green, not dry and brown:
Here is an area where the cows walk daily:
See the dust they are kicking up as they go through the gate?
The clouds threaten, but don't produce much. The cows have resorted to kicking dirt onto their backs to help get rid of the flies!
Average rainfall for June around here is something in the neighbourhood of 60 mm - this year we had 6 mm.
It finally took to raining yesterday. When the Bag Lady got up this morning, there was an inch in the rain gauge. (Please click on the picture to enlarge it if you would like to actually be able to see the rain in the gauge...)
That's more rain than what fell in both May and June! And, apparently, the rain is going to continue through today and tomorrow.
The Bag Lady's rain barrel is full!
And her garden seems to have sprung up several inches overnight (she knows that isn't true, but it looks much happier than it did a few days ago!)
Now, as long as the rain knows when to quit.....