Sunday, October 22, 2006
Rain, rain, go away...
We have had incessant rainfall for the past few days making this one of the wettest fall seasons I can remember. The family of one of my coworkers have a farm about 60 km from here. Their corn is starting to get moldy in the fields as the ground is too wet to support the harvesting machines. Her father has been cutting some of the corn by hand, and they are concerned about the quality of the feed for their livestock.
I have been itching to do some fall trail walking on the weekends, but the rain and mud have made it difficult to venture far from high ground. Today I saw a number of people in the city out for walks under their colourful umbrellas, as well some joggers who had decided that getting wet would not stop their pursuit of fitness. In Canada, we have to be pretty tolerant of weather extremes. If you don’t go out when it is too hot, too cold, too humid, too damp, too icy, too snowy, too wet, too windy, you would only get out a few days each month.
On the positive side, some vegetables have flourished in this wet season. At the market yesterday, there were some of the largest cauliflowers I had ever seen! The farmer told me they were extra large because of all moisture they had received this year. I already had a supermarket cauliflower at home, but could not resist getting a “monster head” as well. The smaller cauliflower is now in soup, and we will be eating a lot more of this vegetable throughout the week.
We cheered ourselves today in the kitchen this dull day by cooking food for the week….curried cauliflower and lentil soup, pumpkin bread, applesauce muffins and cranberry squares. And I will be out with the dog tonight pounding the pavement under my big black brolly.