Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Ahhh, It Rained!
Last week I wrote a post about our desperate need for rain and this past weekend we had some wonderful relief in the form of 13 inches of blessed rain. While the rest of the country shivered in the Polar Vortex here in the Sierra Foothills we were dancing/rejoicing in the first real winter we've felt so far this season. I got to wear my new rain boots for the first time! Aren't they the bee's knees? They're fleece lined too. Flowery and girly they make me super happy splashing around in the muddy chicken yard.
We've been waiting since the beginning of fall for the damp to come on so that we could complete a major farm chore - the burning of the brush we've cleared all spring and summer. This stuff is piled up all over just waiting for the rainy weather to make it safe to start a fire and that just has not happened. See those little arrows? They mark the beginning and end of just ONE brush pile, the one closest to the house. It make not look like much from this vantage point but it includes at least a hundred small trees and untold branches as bigger than my arm. There were four piles like this on the property that needed to be taken care of. Those of you who don't live in the country may not realize that there's a law in California requiring property owners to keep the land cleared at least 100 feet around your house for fire safety which means taking out the understory of forest property. Fire is the number one safety threat especially since we are in our third year of severe drought so Chris and I take brush clearing very seriously.
The minute the rain stopped we were out the door and had burn piles blazing. We had four fires like this going non-stop for three days. It's dirty, exhausting work and super satisfying. This is the ONLY kind of fire you ever want to see in the forest - a controlled burn!
Until next time,