Thursday, November 5, 2009

After the rain

We've had a couple of really rainy days here. I love the feeling of the first heavy rains of the year, spending my time holed up at home, watching out of the window as our plants are drinking their fill. When the sun came out again, everything was nice and washed up after the rain, and our garden truly came to life.
Plants have hit a growth spurt, and some funny creatures came out. I'm not sure what these are, bu when we have chickens, they will love to eat them, don't you think?
Yesterday and today, it's time to catch up on laundry, which has been put on hold during the rain (we don't have a dryer) and see my clothesline nice and full again.

9 comments:

Jo said...

I love been at home when it is raining and hearing the sound of the pitter patter on the roof and knowing I am safe indoors in my little cave. And the smell of rain in summer is just magical!

It doens't take much rain for the grass to turn from brown to green and new life to spring up. We have been through years of drought so rain and water are so precious to us and we tend to get excited whenever it rains and no longer take it for granted.

Jo

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite sights is laundry hanging on the clotheslines. I have even taken pictures of it, with the colorful autumn trees in the background. And a lovely picture of my grandchildren standing on stepstools hanging out towels. Talk about a feast for the eyes!
Mrs.L.

Kristina said...

I love your blog! I do so miss the novel entries! Thanks for all you share...

Rachel said...

Actually, Anna, while the chickens might not hesitate to eat the earthworms, and many other bugs, caterpillars are an iffy subject...
I just offered one to my birds this last weekend, and not one of them would touch it--I'm not sure if it is one they simply cannot eat, because of spines, or bad taste, or what. But none of them would go near it.

So they might...and they might not. But spiders and crickets and earthworms? Not a problem. :-)

Lillian the Ponderer said...

Here in Britain we get so much rain that it is easy to forget that without rain everything would die. I don't have anywhere to hang things outside but we have lines above the bath and a clothes horse that is in daily (well 6 days a week) use since the baby was born. I'm guessing the funny creature in your yard was a caterpillar - it would be interesting to see if the butterfly or moth it would turn into would be as colourful as it is.

Bethany Hudson said...

As Lillian said, I sometimes forget that there are places where rain is not an expected norm :) I live in Washington State, along the Pacific coast and we get an awful lot of rainfall. I love it! I don't really like the heat very much (though I enjoy sunshine when I can get it!), and I adore the sound of rain on our roof (our bedroom is in the eave) and the green-grey glow that washes over everything on an overcast day. Ah, rain--the stuff of life!

Christina said...

Yeah as someone else said... our chickens have never eaten caterpillars. Don't know why. Something about them that they don't like. :P

Bonnie said...

It's raining heaps here this week, which is wonderful! Our tank was down to 1/5 it's capacity and is nearly full now!! :) yes it's wonderful seeing things grow after the rain.
Although I'm not so keen on seeing all the weeds spring up too in my vege garden...! ;)

Anonymous said...

Your little caterpillar friend looks very much like what we call an 'inch worm' here in Ohio, USA. He is only about an inch long and as he walks, he scrunches himself up into a standing horseshoe shape, and then stretches out as far as he can go to take another step. My brother and I loved to find them on the farm growing up - Grandmama always told us they were God's reminder to us to take life one inch at a time.