Monday, August 31, 2015

Morale Booster

The weather was so....so...nearly perfect last week that I let my guard down and allowed myself to get lulled into thinking I'd lived through summer.   The upcoming 10 day forecast is brutal (at least to me).  Have I ever mentioned how much I hate summer?   The sheep...not so fond of it either.  

To make matters worse, as the mercury neared 90 today, the biting flies came out.  Seriously?!?  The sheep spent most of the day in the barn, venturing out only for a few minutes here and there to grab something to eat and then running back for cover.  

I kept an eye on everyone, especially Spud and Woody.  Spud is handling the heat better than he was, but he's definitely the vice president of the We Hate Summer Club.  Woody didn't go out much with everyone either and when he did, he looked pretty unhappy, as did several others.  

I felt like it was fly related and that Woody was the one most bothered didn't surprise me as he has the finest wool and hair on his face.  Chocula is super annoyed by flies, too.  He'd make a good effort to go out, but wouldn't stay long and I'd see him racing back to the barn.

It did cool down some after the sun set and everyone seemed to take a deep breath and relax, but I still wasn't 100% about a couple of them.  I decided to use the ol' arena test.  Even though it was dark and only Graham was still out grazing, I knew if I opened up the gate to the arena, anyone who was feeling okay would run out for a special treat.  Everyone raced out.  Whew!

Liddy and I walked out with them, too, and I sat down on the still warm mounting block. That big rock really holds the heat.  Liddy climbed up and down, ate for awhile, Baaxter punched her (Baby B!!!), she stood by me until her hurt feelings healed, Hank came over to make sure she was okay and then she tootled around some more.  

I tried taking a iPhone video of everyone before they went back in, but it was too dark.  I grabbed the big camera and played around with my new birthday lens (Thanks, Saint Tim :-D).  While I didn't always nail the focus, I still think the photos are pretty neat.  Sitting out with the sheep at night is one of my favorite things to do.  










14 comments:

Lisa W said...

I can almost feel the warm, humid night! Glad that it cooled down for you. Were there fireflies or is the season over?

Lori Skoog said...

We have a warm week coming up too, but not quite as bad as yours.

Stephen Andrew said...

I was so disappointed when we soared back up in temperature too! I really thought we escaped! Good luck!

Cheryl West said...

So glad that you all had evening relief from the heat and the sheep had grazing time. It was still 80 degrees here at 9:30 last night. Summer temps holding on. I hope you all have a more comfortable day.

Jo Ellen Pearman said...

Ahhh yes. I'm well acquainted with how brutal summer can be. We had two months, that it was no lower than 90! Thank God we don't have to wear wool coats down here!!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Still a few, but only a few :-(.

LannieK said...

Nice set of shots. Looks still and hot.

Auntie Reg said...

Pinch Baby B for me. I open up the cool air door up north in a few hours. ;-)

sophy0075 said...

Not only warm here, but raining daily- even before Erika's remains have meandered our way. It's still "Don't go outside between 9am to 8pm unless you absolutely have to" weather. I look at the worsted pattern postings on Ravelry and just sigh.

Henny Penny said...

We are having some hot weather again too...just when we were beginning to think about fall. I love the pictures and there is sweet Hank right there in charge. He is so pretty.

I need orange said...

Love those backlit silhouettes. Esp. the one with two sheeps and Hank....... :-)

Nasty old flies, anyway. Nice to think they will all be dead soon. >:-) If only their eggs/pupae were all dead, too.......

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

Great peaceful shots. Heat is a horror, I agree. we're cool this week but who knows for next week..........

Miha Giustina said...

Lots of blog posts to catch up on:-)!

Far Side of Fifty said...

It is hot here too and the biting gnats are back, the ones some people call no-see-ums. We have a few Black Flies Chance chomps the air around them...he prefers to be inside on warm days...me too! Soon it will be snowing:)

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