Monday, July 26, 2010

M onday Evening

A very full moon is rising over our ridge. The biodynamic calendar says it was full the other day, but sure does look full now. I read online that the July full moon is called the thunder moon due to summer storms. I didn't hear thunder but I saw flashes of lightening surround the ascending moon.

There are so many things I need to write but there has been little space for writing. Lots of guests, events and more. Tomorrow morning we will attempt to shear our sheep ourselves. Maybe I can fill you in once that is done.

Meanwhile, enjoy the somewhat cooler temperatures. Here's a tip for those of you who are sweating out the summer with us: a wet bandana or dish towel to wrap around your neck at night makes a nearly 90 degree bedroom feel a lot more comfortable.

And stay tuned: more grief stories, stories about our little farm church and its first baptism out at our friends' creek, and pressure washing the rest of the barn. Haymaking. A barn full of hay. And friend visits. And a little more grief thrown in for good measure. And a very strange moon phenomena that took place on Saturday evening. Please, someone, help me understand! It descended over the ridge at a little before 9pm then sometime around 10pm it began to rise over that very same ridge. I had witnesses. What was that about???

But now, off to Youtube to revisit the basics of sheep shearing...



Beth said...

I'm glad you're having cooler temperatures, Ginger---maybe you could send some our way. The heat has been oppressive here---sometimes I feel like I can't breathe.

I hope the shearing goes well.

Let us know if you find out what caused the moon to fall and rise in an hour's time---that is very strange indeed.

Thank you for your kind comment, Ginger---I really appreciate it.

CountryDew said...

The moon thing sound very intriguing. Hope to hear more about that!

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Chris said...

Best of luck with the shearing! The first one's the hardest. Try to do it in the coolest area you can, it's stressful for the sheep too. Stop when you get tired, there's always another day. If your blade is adjustable, pull it back a little, less chance of cutting skin. Watch your back, it's hard work. Again, good luck! Please let us know how it turned out. said...

Hi gals! Thanks for the comments. Beth, the cooler temps are relative. I try to remember the cold days of winter and then I try to forget and just be where I am.

I still haven't found a satisfactory explanation for the moon. No one has even mentioned seeing it. Was it an alien? An omen?

Chris, I was remembering your comment on stopping when exhausted as I made the executive decision to wait on shearing the last three sheep. Too tired to figure out the clippers, I figured a rested person was a more intelligent person, and I was thankful for your advice.

Jeff said...

This is just a guess, but I'd say that the moon phenomenon was probably related to an atmospheric condition. It isn't commonly known, but the sun has already set before you see spectacular sunsets. That huge sun you see on the horizon is due to atmospheric distortion. Note also that the so-called harvest moons are always much bigger when they are close to the horizon - when the moon moves up in the sky, due to the rotation of the earth, it gets smaller. You might seek out an astronomy club for a better explanation of this phenomenon and I'd be willing to bet that they could come up with the reason for the phenomenon you observed.