July 24, 2017

Serious rain

The monsoons arrived here on July 12. It is wonderful to have rain and clouds after such dry and hot conditions for six weeks or so. Temperatures are in the 80's now, rather than 90's or 100's. We have been having regular showers of 0.5" and the plants have reacted immediately by putting on new growth, especially the tomatoes.

Today we went to pick up my sister-in-law Denise, who will take care of the WD while Dan and I will be in Tucson for a couple of days. While we were gone almost two inches of rain fell here in an hour. We could hear water rushing when we got home so we went to check on the pond ...


We have never seen this much water in it and are glad the low bank is way away from the house. All that white stuff in the water is ash from the forest fire which we had in June.

June 13, 2017


Life is returning to normal. The evacuation order was lifted yesterday although there was still a lot of firefighting in the Forest. Several hot spots which would flare from time to time and there were a number of helicopters tending them. They would fly to and fro with water buckets that they filled at some of the orchard wells, and watching them dump them and hit target in windy conditions was awesome. I have nothing but admiration for these crews; there were 400 of them at one point.

We slept really well last night. No obvious smoke when we got up and it felt very cool outside which will have helped keeping the fires from running away again. We are looking at 100 plus degrees next week which is a typical June for us.

I checked the garden this morning and it is doing well. The grape leaf skeletonizers are terrorizing the grapes, and I find them hard to get rid of but I will pick them off best I can. I cannot be messing about there too long because the towhees have built a nest in the vines again.

Lettuce is doing awesome, picking some tomatoes and green beans. Fed thinnings of carrots to the horses, which was much appreciated. I will seed some more tomorrow to keep vegetables going throughout the summer, and now it is just water, and more water because it is June. Life is GOOD!

June 10, 2017

Another day

The house is still standing, the horses and chickens are fine, as are we and Emma. The fire is still burning: it moved south and is now on Mt Glenn. There is also a big fire on the other side of the valley, near the Chiricahua Monument, hence the ominous sunrise.

All emergency personnel has left: no sheriff deputies, no firefighters. Is the pressure off? Is it old hat now? Do they consider the fire out? Is it Saturday? We are still under evacuation notice and they have issued a pre-evacuation for the village where we have been spending the night, about 10 miles east of the WD.

There is strong wind in the forecast for Sunday, so we are not out of this yet.