More Flooding at the Farm

Posted by F&S

We, Frenchies, cannot believe how much rain has been falling out of the sky.  Last week, we had Hurricane Irene and this week, it’s been raining nearly every day.  The night before last was torrential and we had some flooding at the farm.  Take a look at this!

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Hey Ramon, what do you think about all of the rain we've been having?  I can see Betsy knows how to keep her feet dry - by riding on you!

1 Hey Ramon, what do you think about all of the rain we've been having? I can see Betsy knows how to keep her feet dry - by riding on you!

We horses and the donkettes were safe and dry in the stable, Sharkey.  You and Francesca should take a ride around the farm to see how much flooding we got.  Betsy and I have already seen a lot!

2 We horses and the donkettes were safe and dry in the stable, Sharkey. You and Francesca should take a ride around the farm to see how much flooding we got. Betsy and I have already seen a lot!

Wow, Sharkey, Ramon was right!  Last night's rain has caused much flooding on the farm!

3 Wow, Sharkey, Ramon was right! Last night's rain has caused much flooding on the farm!

The water levels in the streams are extremely high!  This section of the carriage road was actually covered over last night by a flash flood.  Look at that erosion on the side!  It has to be fixed soon before more of the road disappears!

4 The water levels in the streams are extremely high! This section of the carriage road was actually covered over last night by a flash flood. Look at that erosion on the side! It has to be fixed soon before more of the road disappears!

Look at that whitewater, Franny!  Do you know why it's white?  Well, when rapids move so quickly, they collect air, making the water bubbly and frothy - Voila!  Whitewater!

5 Look at that whitewater, Franny! Do you know why it's white? Well, when rapids move so quickly, they collect air, making the water bubbly and frothy - Voila! Whitewater!

Look over yonder, Sharkey.  There's another effect of all this rain.  When it rains so hard, some of our friends come out in force!

6 Look over yonder, Sharkey. There's another effect of all this rain. When it rains so hard, some of our friends come out in force!

Wild turkeys!  When the ground is over-saturated, bugs and worms escape to the surface gasping for air, making it prime eating time for the birds.  They also eat plenty of ticks, which are creatures that we Frenchies hate!

7 Wild turkeys! When the ground is over-saturated, bugs and worms escape to the surface gasping for air, making it prime eating time for the birds. They also eat plenty of ticks, which are creatures that we Frenchies hate!

Over-saturation of soil may be good for the turkeys, but it's not so good for the plant life.  Look how all the grass and wild ferns are flattened!

8 Over-saturation of soil may be good for the turkeys, but it's not so good for the plant life. Look how all the grass and wild ferns are flattened!

Plus, just as water is suffocating for worms and bugs, it also stifles the amount of oxygen getting into soil for the plants.  Oxygen is very important, as it aerates and helps with the growth of plants, Franny!

9 Plus, just as water is suffocating for worms and bugs, it also stifles the amount of oxygen getting into soil for the plants. Oxygen is very important, as it aerates and helps with the growth of plants, Franny!

That's right, Sharkey.  Flooding can also wash away soil from the base of trees, exposing their roots.  Exposed roots are more likely dry up in the sun and make the tree weak!

10 That's right, Sharkey. Flooding can also wash away soil from the base of trees, exposing their roots. Exposed roots are more likely dry up in the sun and make the tree weak!

Fortunately, most trees can handle an occasional flooding, but the rains this summer have been unprecedented.  Enough's enough already!!!

11 Fortunately, most trees can handle an occasional flooding, but the rains this summer have been unprecedented. Enough's enough already!!!

Franny, let's take a closer look at these streams.

12 Franny, let's take a closer look at these streams.

Yup, that's water, all right.  This is usually a gentle brook, but now has transformed into a fast moving stream!

13 Yup, that's water, all right. This is usually a gentle brook, but now has transformed into a fast moving stream!

The ground is very spongy, Sharkey.  Take care not to get too muddy, as you did at Skylands!

14 The ground is very spongy, Sharkey. Take care not to get too muddy, as you did at Skylands!

Comments (10)

  • I wish there was some way to take some of the rain you have been getting and send it to Texas. We could surely use what you have been getting.

  • Good Morning F & S

    Our property was flooded again from all the rain Wednesday night and the pool water came right to the top. The thunder was the worse I've ever heard, it scared the hell out of me!!! We had no power until late in the morning yesterday which was not fun. I'll tell you I've had my fill of rain. I can't even walk off the pool decking because it's all flooded had to do my poop on the rocks!

    I wish Mother Nature would change direction and send this rain to Texas it would put those fires out for sure.

    Mom said this weekend is the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I wasn't born yet when that tragic day occured but I've been watching the news and it makes me sad to think of all those people who died all because of a monster running around in a white dress. Now another group of monster's want to blow something up to celebrate the day are these people crazy or what!!! When mom says her prayers tonight I'm going to ask her to say a special prayer for all those families who lost loved ones that day, that makes me sad :(

    Have a good weekend everyone!!

    Zoe

  • Hello Ladies,
    Oh no, no more baths from mud!! Stand back, don't get too close. It has turned fall here overnight. A little rain would be nice. Those poor folks in Texas--fires oh my. Dad was off early for a special fishing trip. Mom and I are going to eat out and work hard on her business for fall craft shows. We will miss Dad but it is fun to just play also. I hope everyone has a great weekend and stays safe.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Good morning girls,
    Just be careful with all that swift water. We wouldn't want either of you to fall in. I can't remember when I saw the sun last. It has been cloudy and raining for days here. Another day to catch up on sleep unless mom has plans of giving baths to some of my chow friends, that would perk me up. I went back to catch up on comments in previous posts and I see we have a newbie, Brittany. Welcome!! What happened to Henry the Labradoodle? Henry, where are you, come back Henry.
    I hope everyone has a safe weekend and will be doing something that they really enjoy. See you Monday.
    Love,
    Maddox

  • Those photos remind me of our Ranch in Missouri when it would flood our creek and pond, thank goodness it drained all the way to the Missouri River. The Raccoons would come out and catch the fish that would get hung up on rocks on the waterfall.

    "Dididdle" for 40 years I have been telling people, writing letters to Washington about MY IDEA of flood/drought relief...it would create jobs and relieve assistance...etc...everyone thinks it's a crazy idea but a great common sense one...sadly it all falls on deaf ears.
    delia

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., You sure have had an unusual summer this year. I remember when it was very hot there at Martha's farm and extremely dry and then came the big Hurricane Irene and now the heavy flooding from the latest big rainstorms. It's always hard to go outside when it's too hot or too wet. Sure makes me wonder what your fall and winter will be like. Our area seems to be kind of opposite to yours. We started our summer rather cool and wet, then we got a little warm and very dry and now we have been in the 80s all of this month when summer finally arrived here. La Nina is supposed to be here again this fall and winter so it will be cold and very wet like last year. Sure hope all of you friends have a great weekend that will be warm, dry, and safe without any storms or fires due to droughts. Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hi all,
    Girls, be careful! I fell in our lake one day. We have smooth rocks, I got too close, the rocks moved & down I went. What a surprise!
    We are getting a little rain from tropical storm Lee. Our clouds are moving in a counter-clockwise direction from the northeast to southwest.
    I'll be entertaining the grandchildren this weekend while their Mom & Dad go to a wedding.
    Great to hear from you all.
    Have a great weekend.
    Your buddy,
    Rebel

  • Heavens to Besty! Donkettes? OMG I love you both!

    You've made my day even brighter...

    Glad there wasn't much additional water damage from this weeks rains.

    The sun just popped out here in NH!

    Wishing everyonge (especially the donkettes) a happy and healthy weekend.

    gail

  • Good to see Ramon out with Betsy surveying the farm then running into the two of you in the Kawasaki. MommyM is very lucky to have vigilant patrols making sure the farm is hanging in there.

    Be careful there Franny. Don't get too close and fall in. Even that little brook could be dangerous for you Frenchies. :shock: Bet GK could ford the brook and help get you two safely across.

    I hope everyone has a safe weekend. For our friends in the Northeast, I hope you get heat and sunshine to dry out and for our friends in the Southwest, I hope you get rain, rain rain!!!

  • yo, dog buddies..have a nice week-end...I found a ferel baby kitty..Lucinda says Monday a.m. we will take it to the vet..meanwhile, it is living in one of the sheds..I took one of my blankets out to it...and some warm mashed up kitten chow...have all the windows and doors secure so a coon or other varmit doesn't sneak in and munch it...I hear the couch calling me..later, cora belle

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