Saturday, September 29, 2007

Weather Woes Continue

A water emergency was declared this month - for the first time ever - new water restrictions have popped up everywhere, Hinckley (Lake) Reservoir is at the lowest point anyone can ever remember and now stands at only 17 percent of capacity.

Peoples' wells have been dry for weeks on end and many farmers are having to truck in water for their livestock (.01 per gallon at 50 gallon increments) or pay huge bucks to have it delivered.

NY's pumpkin crop has seen much better years. Lets just say they aren't going to see a bumper crop, if a crop even worthy of harvest, and get the wallet ready for the rise in price. Man, my pumpkin bread and pies are going to seem like a kings bounty this winter!

The changing of the leaves is almost 2 weeks behind schedule. The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is probably going to have to shuffle their schedule around a bit for 'peak' leaf peeping. Strange - the youngest maples on our property had peaked and dropped their leaves weeks ago and the older 'wiser' maples have barely a tinge of color. Obviously they weren't fooled by the frost that arrived much too early.

My brussel sprouts are suffering even though I tried to keep on top of the watering.

It will be back in the 80's next week (in October for pete sake!) with no rain forecasted for at least the next 8 days.

The upside:
The apples are awesome! The growers have pronounced this the best crop they've ever seen. Compact, but ridiculously sweet.

I don't think that kind of trade-off is anywhere near equal.

I'm just thankful it really isn't as bad as it sounds - several sections of the country have had it much worse than us this year.

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