monsoon season

it’s been a long summer already, and hot, but the monsoons finally seem to have arrived! fingers crossed that they stay, now that it is raining. the farm received a good gentle soak last night, adding up to a half inch of rain for July — not exactly a record, but an awful lot better than nothing, and a good start to the season.

rainy garden:

meanwhile, the peacock has shed his tail (feathers still for sale, $2.50 for 3 feathers, please email Kat directly).

this artichoke bloomed and went to seed in the garden:

tomatoes are ripening:

there are toads everywhere (but not quite enough to keep up with the grasshoppers, alas)

hawks adorn the skies
(this one is a young Swainson’s Hawk)

our stalwart crew has canned many many pots of nectarine, apricot and peach jam:

the horse next door had a baby:

monsoon clouds are one of the best things ever:

except maybe for heart-shaped monsoon rainbows:

we have sunflowers with Sun-Flowers:

and my cat is a-door-able.

and i’m not sorry for the puns.