It's been hot here lately. Not Phoenix hot, but hot for us. Which usually means the farm work is a bit of a misery. But since we haven't had rain in eons, there actually isn't as much work to do as usual. Following my "there's always a silver lining" theory, the lack of rain means a lack of growing grass, which means a lack of sweat-running-down-my-whole-body-while-I-handle-a-weed-eater. I'll take that.
So instead farm work has turned to the pond - remember those weird carp we put in it a few months ago? Well several of them croaked pretty quickly - and we were kind of wondering if all of them had croaked, since the turtle no doubt ate a bunch of the dead ones before we saw them. (Side note - nature, man. It's a jungle out there.) But after we moved the turtle, and stopped seeing dead carp, we were wondering if The Fish Wagon had delivered us a batch of bad fish. Until, like weird submarines, the now bigger carp starting arriving. Yay! They feed up close to the surface, and they like to cruise along the bank in a big pack of 10 or 12 - which is a little creepy for swimming, since they're already probably 18" long and getting bigger - but I think they're also doing their job, since so far the weird grass tentacles aren't brushing my legs while we swim. Success!
And another facet of pond management - lily pads. They're kind of pretty, and a little like a fairy tale which makes me want to keep them, but according to the Ag Extension pond management guy they aren't great for the pond. So, farm work turned to pulling the lily pads. According to the Ag Guy this is the best way to deal with them. I don't know if it's the best, but it's definitely the most fun. Float around on a slice of pizza, pull some lily pads, have some fun. Done.