Sorry not to have blogged last Wednesday, but Will had half the township cut down in hay and rain — which had popped up unexpectedly — was in the forecast. So instead of blogging, I hopped on our Ford 660 tractor and began raking hay while Will started round baling. We only had five fields lying down… Then, suddenly, he wasn’t baling — he was stopped! The baler had a very flat big tire. Our local tire shop in Cook was usually pretty busy as it not only services locals but all the Lake Vermilion home owners and tourists with boat trailers, campers, etc. Chances of getting the tire fixed quickly were slim. Luckily, Will had a brand new tire in the storage building which he’d bought on sale a few years back. So saying a quick prayer, I grabbed it while Will pulled off the flat tire. Then I headed for town. At the tire shop, the mechanic told me how busy he was and that he “might” be able to get it later that day. After thinking a bit, he suddenly said “Hang around town. I’ll do it right now.” Happy dance! With the changed tire, I headed for the hay field and soon Will was back baling. We did get a heavy, quick shower, but not much rainfall. Luckily, the next day was hot and dry so we finished up the haying, just ahead of a storm that dropped ¼ inch of rain. Not much, but we don’t like any on our hay.
The gardens are doing well. Even the Sand and Central garden, which had been trampled and munched on by the cows, seems to have recovered pretty well. My electric fence wire and Will’s re-enforced plank/stock panel fence has kept them at bay. Our wonderful Seneca Sunrise sweet corn is especially lovely, many stalks having two and even three ears this year. Our peppers in the hoop houses are great. I counted twelve big Early Red Bell peppers (not red yet) on one small plant! These aren’t traditional bell shaped peppers, but a bit pointed on the bottom. They are oh so flavorful, early, and productive! You ought to see our Dark Red Lollo Rossa lettuce — it stops visitors in their tracks. So deep, volcanic red it’s shocking. We’ll have a big salad this evening, complete with a good sprinkle of Alderman peas, green onions, and sliced radishes.
Sons, David and Bill are going to North Dakota this coming week for a prairie dog hunt. Bill went last year with his friends and had a good time. Not to be left out, David has built a .223 rifle and has it sighted in. They leave Thursday and I hope the weather will be great so they have a good time. “Catching up,” David is working on his cabin, trying to get more done before they leave. Yesterday he started getting the little triangles on the sides of the shed dormers framed. It’s tricky as there are so many angles. Will and he also started putting up some of the eaves or bird blocking which closes up the space between the rafters, roof sheeting, and top plate. Luckily, one of the pallets David brought home is constructed of 2x10s so he doesn’t have to saw or buy any lumber for that step. He’s feeling under the gun — as we say in Minnesota, “Winter’s coming!”