Update on rain and sheep

The amount of rain we had last week was as much as La Serena has in a whole year.  I know I said everything is beautiful and clean after the rains, but not last week.  The run off from the rain covered all the roads in mud and debris.  In our village, and many other areas they needed ploughs to scrape the mud off.  Many of the lower areas were flooded and people were trapped in cars or rescuing furniture from their houses.

This weekend more rain is expected and with the ground still wet from last week there could be more flooding.  Because we live in the country we don’t have run off from cement, but there are many property walls made from adobe that sometimes collapses with their own wet weight.   So we are getting the farm ready for rain.  I want to climb onto our roof to fix the bathroom skylight where we had some dripping, and we need to put a plastic sheet over the hay and goat/sheep corral.  The sheep don’t seem to mind the rain but the goats look downright miserable when it rains.

The mystery sheep are not such a mystery now!  With much help from spinners on Ravelry, the general opinion was that the sheep are Suffolk /Shropshire or South Down mix.  The father of some of the ewes definitely looks like a Suffolk.

Ram we had on loan, who was father to some of our ewes

After the rains this week, our first lamb of the season was born, and she looks very sweet.  Well, maybe leggy and wrinkly is a better description.

Lamb born after the rain

While I was taking pictures of her asleep, her mother became protective and started “stomping”.  I think she is a new mother, because she “stomped” on the little lamb’s head, waking her up!  Poor thing.

First lamb of the year with mom

Rain rain rain

Today it is raining.  We do not get much rain here in La Serena, so when we do it is a bit of an event; sometimes good, sometimes not.  The rain during the night was crashing on the roof, waking us all, but now it is gentle drizzle.  The girls stayed home from school and are playing board games and watching TV.  I am remembering rains from years before.

Rainy day

My father designed our house as a guest house; open style kitchen/dining/living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom.  He wanted it to have a “Mediterranean” feel, big windows and a flat roof.  This is lovely when it is done properly, but for some reason our first winter in the house the rain entered everywhere!  We had buckets everywhere except our bed, where we were all snuggled up, trying to ignore the damp that was creeping towards us.

During the following week the parquet floor popped up all through the house and mould started to creep down the walls!  More rain was coming so it was a rush to cover the roof with a plastic sheet.  It worked, less rain entered the house, but that night the sound of rain covered the sounds of a dog killing the rabbits outside.  When the rain stopped, I rushed outside to the screams of rabbits and a horrible sight.  And it wouldn’t be the first.  Something about the rain brought dogs out killing; rabbits, chickens, ducks.

For a long time I dreaded the sound of rain at night, and something that can be so beautiful I hated.  However over the years we have changed our roof, added some extra rooms, and made the areas for the animals more secure.  Now when it rains we are all dry and I can listen to the sound of rain without fear.

After a day of rain, La Serena is beautiful.  The rain cleans the sky and countryside, and turns the mountains in the valley green.


Clear sky after the rain