Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Happy Birthday, Canada!
It's Canada Day!
The Bag Lady will celebrate by hanging the new flag that she had to buy because the wind has been terribly strong this year and her flag is looking a little worse for wear.
There are showers in the forecast for tomorrow, which may interfere with some people's plans for picnics or other outdoor activities, but the Bag Lady will be more than happy if it actually rains. It has been so terribly dry that the pasture and the hayfield are suffering greatly. In fact, it may almost be too late to save the hayfield.
The Bag Lady and the Rancher were checking out one of the hayfields the other day, clearing any dead trees that had fallen that might interfere with the haybine. The hay in that particular field is the best that they have, but even then is barely halfway to the Bag Lady's knees.
They were clearing the last tree off the field when the Rancher pointed out something unusual in the bush:
Here is a closer look:
You might want to click on the pictures to enlarge them. Do you see it? Can anyone explain how it got there? This piece of land was homesteaded by the Rancher's father about 40 years ago. At that time, you could purchase a quarter section of virgin land from the government for a relatively small amount of money, with the stipulation that you had to break 40 acres and plant some kind of crop. That is all that has ever been done on this particular land. No-one has ever lived there, and certainly no-one has ever planted lilac trees there! This one has obviously been there for a very long time - it's really tall. The only explanation that the Rancher and the Bag Lady could come up with is that it blew in from across the road - a distance of about a quarter of a mile. It's very strange. But then.....