It is no secret for those of you have been following along here with me that August is my very favorite month. Every year I just can’t help but write a post about it. August is the month Joe first drove up my driveway, the month of his birthday and it has always been my favorite month to live in northern Minnesota. It is usually hot, dry and, truly, the dog days of summer here. August is accompanied by the starting fade of daylight (being this far north it becomes obvious this time of year that winter is REALLY coming) the shorter days are usually accompanied by cooler nights and long afternoon shadows.
Here on the farm this August we are seeing the gorgeous colors of my Grandma’s tiger lilies that I transplanted last year taking the place of our poppies as they finished their own blooms. I am always so stunned by them, they are such a lovely, unique flower!
Over on my sidebar you can find a link to the Monarch foundation, last year I donated $30 and they sent me a whole bag of seeds! I filled up one section of our flower garden with them and we enjoyed watching the milk weed fill in. I had thought that we wouldn’t yet see monarch caterpillars until the plants were a couple of years older and more mature. Boy am I delighted to be wrong! I sure hope I find one of their cocoons to take pictures of too!
With a dry July leading up to August we found some uninvited guests swimming around our horse’s water tank. At first I panicked because there were hundreds (if not thousands) of them until I realized what we were raising: Tad poles! Some mama tree frog just couldn’t find a good enough water hole and decided that our stock tank was the best she could do! Coincidentally I had mentioned to Joe that I wanted to try adding fish to the tank to help keep it clean this summer. Nature must have been listening 🙂 There are literally hundreds of tad poles going through their many changes to adult-hood and they have, most awesomely, kept the tank really clean over the last couple of months.
A couple of searches on line confirmed that tad poles in stock tanks is not unheard of (especially in dry years) and they don’t pose any threat to our horses at all. The Midwest (including us) has been seeing a really disappointing cold snap over the last couple of weeks but all the weather people are promising some hot weather coming back shortly. They are also promising a long hot fall that I am really looking forward to!
I’ve managed to get a bunch of projects done for the blog and a load of wood for deck projects I can’t wait to tackle! I hope your summer has been a good one! From time to time Joe will grab my hand and pull me out the door (camera around my neck) and take me for a drive around this beautiful state that we live in. And that’s what we do, he drives me around, pulling over whenever I yell for him to stop. Another wonder that comes with August and the cooler nights are the mists that move around like spider webs.