Rain for Wishetwurra Farm. At Last!

For the first time since early, early spring, we’ve had a real, 24-hour soaker of a rain. Fog, mist, drizzle, rain, downpour, lightning and thunder were our lot yesterday. Glorious!

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Wishetwurra Farm got about 3″. The airport rain gauge collected 3.08″. Parts of Edgartown report almost 5″.

Wishetwurra Farm got bucketsful.

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Water to the knuckles in a slightly tapered bucket.

Wheelbarrowsful.

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There should be an official Wishetwurra Farm yellow rubber duckie to swim in such a lake as is provided by this waterfilled wheelbarrow.

Newly-sown oats and tillage radishes have leapt from the earth.

 

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Fall cover crop of alternating rows of oats and tillage radishes. The radishes are a soil-improvement experiment. We’ll report on the radish experiment in a future post.

We’ve been picking beach plums from the bushes out back.

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Enthusiastic crop of red beach plums. We’ve got two bushes. One makes purple plums, the other red.

We’ve been putting up applesauce, and making relish. We made a test batch of this relish last year. It was eaten up so quickly that this year we’re making twice as much.

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Relish makings…freshly ground tropea onions, cucumbers, and red corno di toro peppers.

During a lull in the rain yesterday I took a barefoot walk into town and back.

I stopped to admire the big old tulip tree in the yard of Mrs. Marshall’s old house.

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The old tulip tree. Music Street, West Tisbury, MA

In the Rosenthal’s yard at the end of Music Street, horse chestnut leaves have turned fall-brown. They’re always the first to color up. Soon the husks will open and drop their brown marbled contents.

The season is changing.

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Rain came!

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2 responses to “Rain for Wishetwurra Farm. At Last!

  1. The airport gave 2.75 inches as the official figure, but I swear there were almost 4 inches in my two buckets. OK, some of it might have fallen from the trees, but not that much. I also noticed that the puddles weren’t as big as they usually are after a hard rain, and that they’ve been disappearing more quickly. The path behind the West Tisbury is often completely underwater when it rains. Not this time. The ground was so thirsty.

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