Monday, November 15, 2010

They say Hilo has the biggest raindrops in the world.

It's true.  I have actually heard a UHH professor say that there was a study (involving a pan of flour) that "proved" it.  My immediate reaction was that surely no one has gone to every environment with a pan of flour to measure impact craters from individual rain drops, but sometimes you can believe it when you step outside and are immediately drenched.  We all have metal roofs to catch rain, and the rain pounding on it can be very comforting, or quite loud, depending on the mood - and how many days it has been raining.

I had a treat at work today - one of my former students who is serving in the Air Force stopped by school.  He is just back from Afghanistan.  I taught him in middle school, and he was one of the class of our first graduating seniors. He laughed a little because I teared up... that first class of kids were like my own children.  I taught some of them for 7 years.

Nothing much new on the farm front.  Didn't get as much done as I would have liked at home - for example,  I still have to worm the sheep - and that takes at least me and two people to hold the board we use to pen them in the corner.

I am so lucky, in spite of the lack of sheep vets, that I know the owner of a local goat dairy.  His son is my student.  I got good advice from him at the farmer's market about wormers and dosages.  It's really helpful to know there is someone who knows goats - somewhat close to sheep.


Faith said...

That is a very interesting study. I suppose with 200 inches to deliver, bulk is going to be the most expedient method. LOL

The easiest goats and sheep for me to worm are the ones with horns. I have this just right method of going under their jaws with my arm, grabbing a horn, and the wormer goes right in.

I've been rescued on more than one occasion by nearby folks who knew more about animal care than I did. I was so grateful for the help. Once I had a lady I didn't even know come by in the middle of the night to try to untangle 4 kids inside the womb of one of my pygmy goats. What a blessing to have assistance from your friend.


NancyDe said...

All my sheep are polled, so I have to sort of herd them into a corner with a big piece of plywood - I get in there with them and just squirt into the mouth - having wormed horses for decades sure helps!

I am enjoying your blog, Faith, so much, and I am glad you stop by here often with a friendly comment!

I think Hilo has a bit less rain than us - more like 100 inches. Still more than the 40 I grew up with in Kailua! Our neighborhood alternates between pouring and constant drizzle. The latter doesn't stop the kids or I from doing anything, which always makes visitors a bit amazed. If it did stop us, we'd never get anything done.

Chai Chai said...

Ha, We use a board to get our sheep into the corner as well. It must be the universal tool for folks who raise sheep.

I can only dream of finding a goat vet here, you might start getting questions from me soon.

NancyDe said...

The goat cheese man is certainly knowledgeable - and I see him almost every day. He isn't a vet, but he is certainly a great source of knowledge! I will forward any questions you have to him :)!