Day Lily

West Topsham Post Office Day Lily

It has been quite a week. June was very dry and the first half of July more than made up for it. We got so much rain that our road got washed out to a large degree twice – thank you to Johnny & Wally on the town crew for fixing it back up! Far worse was in Barre, Vermont where they had major road wash outs and much of the town was flooded. We didn’t see it in person, having avoided going in town during that time, but the photos looked quite bad. Apparently someone’s home got lifted away and 1,600 feet of road and town sewer lines got washed out. Yuck!

The blessing of the rain is that the gardens and fields needed it – they’re lush green now and the ponds are full again.

Past week: Outdoors: 85°F/59°F 9″+3″+6″+1″ Rain over the week mixed with sun
Farm House: 77°F/61°F
Tiny Cottage: 72/68°F Tank wall granite all placed, doorway arch forming

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3 Responses to Day Lily

  1. pablo says:

    I just don’t think of Vermont when I think of flooding, but now I know better.

  2. Barre got flooding because they’re down in the river valley. I think in part the narrowing and confining of the river and streams in channels that pass through town has made it worse. I saw a news headline yesterday that the state is blaming development on the hillsides around Barre. Certainly when the water runs off rather than soaks in it gets worse.

    This is part of why I’ve been terracing our homestead area – trapping the valuable water into the soil rather than having it rush down the mountain means we retain more water to get through dry periods like June was this year.

    I can see the state’s argument that the large scale hillside development is causing trouble with roofs and driveways dumping water rather than it soaking in to the fields and forest like it used to do.

    More importantly, this was a very unusual storm event. Big storms happen occasionally and when they do, rivers flood. Personally, I would prefer to avoid building on flood plains and instead use them for flood management/wildlife, crops and pasture which all benefit from the occasional flooding.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Machu Picchu comes to mind. They terraced almost 8000ft up in the Andes on a mountain 400+ years ago and its still draining water the way they planned it. I’m sure thats where you are headed with Sugar Mountain Farm :)

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