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The Great Wishart Fire

I was in Bolivar with Richard yesterday afternoon when we got a call that a wildfire was heading toward our house, so we headed home. Several neighbors were already at our house and ready to help. They sprayed down the yard while I put valuables in the car, and Richard hooked up the trailer and got it ready to drive away if necessary. The only reason I’m sitting in our house today rather than in a hotel room is Stacey from the Dadeville FD. He pulled in with a pickup and a big tank of water, and he and Richard were able to beat down the fire on our property enough before he ran out of water that we could keep it down from then on with our own water tanks on 4-wheelers. We kept at it all afternoon/evening with the help of neighbors and co-workers. We’d put out one area, move to another, look back, and the first was burning hot again! Finally we had most of it OUT, and Richard and I just sat by the worst of it watching to make sure it didn’t flare up again. In sort of a “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” deal, I grabbed some hot dogs, bread, and mustard and we cooked them over some hot coals from a tree that burned and enjoyed a picnic while we watched for flare-ups.

Click here for more photos of our drive around the farm assessing the fire damage.

Categories: The Farm and Tina's Diary.

Hank and Sadie at Play

Hank and Sadie have developed their unique relationship. Hank pretends to be a dog, and Sadie pretends to be a bigger dog! At first Sadie would run from Hank, but once she realized that he wasn't going to hurt her, she taunts him ruthlessly! She will roll on her back and present her tender underbelly, and then jump at him if he dares to get too close!

Categories: The Farm and Tina's Diary.

Deer in the Yard!

Richard and I were enjoying our morning coffee when I saw the two fawns above frolicking in the front yard! I took the photos above out the closed front door, which, along with the early morning light lead to the low quality.

Then we looked west and saw their mama coming toward the yard to have a talk with them, I guess, about playing in people’s yards!

No, the upper right photo isn’t incest! Animals use mounting behavior as signs of dominance. One was saying to the other, “I can beat you!” In that photo you can see the last remnants of their spots on their rumps.

Categories: Photography and The Farm.