The muggy weather has finally left – thankfully! For a few days, the humidity and heat were pretty brutal. We are back to our regular schedule of summer-like weather. Boy, it sure is nice to be rid of the humidity. We can actually sit in the shade and not break a sweat.
Posting on the journal has been decreased, one cause being an ongoing animal emergency. Moonshadow’s not out of the woods just yet . She’s requiring hourly care and we don’t know for sure if she’s going to pull through but we are hopeful. She’s been affected by a horrid condition known as fly strike. Since the buns are well cared for and are on a natural diet, we attribute this “strike” to the humid weather that brought a type of fly we’ve never seen before. Her recovering condition from a hairball probably made her a weak target (see July 20 post); however, she’s always been more prone to illness since we rescued her and Sierra from the pet store. After taking Moonshadow home from the pet store a few years ago, we discovered that she had a deadly case of pasteurella (which Jordanne successfully treated naturally). It’s amazing how fast a fly strike can be and it’s pretty gross and I won’t go into gory details (let’s just say after treating her, one needs a slug — or more! — of brandy). Hopefully, we caught it in time.
Holistic animal husbandry requires a lot of patience and, if you are treating the animal yourself, an iron stomach. We’ve experienced and learned a lot from raising animals and the knowledge that we’ve gained from it is certainly valuable to pass on to future generations. Right now, we are going through another of life’s learning curves.
Not much into writing these days, pretty drain physically and emotionally.
On a more happy subject: The peaches are coming into the kitchen by rubbermaids full. This can only mean time for some serious canning (and homemade ice cream). Justin harvested over 75 lbs of tomatoes yesterday and our customers are thrilled to pieces.
The eggplant is ready and a few Mexicola avocados are looking pretty ripe (can’t wait to make some fresh guacamole with the tomatoes – yum!) It’s all about good, wholesome food this time of year.