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Hello Waldo!

According to our weather station, here on the East Side of Waldo we have had 10.93 inches of rain so far this month. It’s wild. The state average for rain in July is a little over 3 inches. I’m grateful we haven’t had any hail, and I’m glad for a break from the intense heat, even if it has been more humid. Eleven inches of rain, though. It’s hard to wrap my mind around.

The only things in the field that seem to be opposed to this much moisture are the amaranth varieties I have growing. The leaves look wilty. A flower farmer friend of mine said this can happen not just when there’s too much heat, but when there’s too much moisture.

My dad has started building our farm stand. I’m not sure there will be much in it this year (some flowers, and hopefully some pumpkins, gourds and squash in the fall), but I do hope you’ll check it out! I’ll let you know when it’s up and running.

Did any of you see the orange moon this past week? The wildfire smoke from southern Oregon was evident in our skies for a few days. I saw a national smoke map online and Maine had one of the highest concentrations of smoke in the air. It was a stark reminder that we are all connected and the changing climate and wild weather and environmental conditions that come of it affect us all. If only we could send half of the rain we have had this summer westward.

I’ve been running more, and while our town is small, it is quite beautiful. The quiet back roads, the extensive wetland networks that support a diversity of wildlife, the forests that close in around us this time of year; it is one of my favorite things to go out and soak it all in. I am lucky to run these dirt roads and old logging trails, and to have a home nestled in alongside them.

Have you seen any interesting wildlife where you are in Waldo? We had possible signs of a bear, but no sighting yet. They were around last fall, so it’s not out of the question!

 

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