Real rain. 45mm! We’ve had a handful of sprinkles in August, just enough to dampen the crust, but scratch the surface and it’s dry dry dry for inches. Our wells are dry, but our caught rainwater is keeping up with our drinking needs. Nothing can be watered – only the greenhouse gets our grey water, and it is holding out surprisingly well.
But now, real rain! All the barrels are full!
We’ve had an epic atypical drought this year in Nova Scotia this year. Especially inland where we are. The coasts have had more rain. We have had about 25mm total from May through August.
Everything is parched. Forest fires are raging in the area, wells are running dry, and the impact on agriculture is making the news.
The ground is dry, cracking, and powdery anywhere it doesn’t have a vegetal cover. Wind blows skirls of dust across the ground.
However, these are ideal conditions for chicken bathing.
I come around the corner and find the rooster indulging. He’s doesn’t usually get caught in the bath.
He just looked at me, and declined to lift his Henry VIII body out of his dust bowl.