Well, it is finally feeling like autumn at the Farmhouse, thanks in no small part to yesterday’s first rain of the season (complete with teeth-jarring thunder and cringe-worthy lightening). As this has been the only legitimate rain storm we have had since I first acquired the ladybirds back in the spring, I was way too curious to see how my pampered SoCal girls’d take it.
Just before it starts to rain, it is business as usual in the yard, aside from some extra fluffy feathers.
As it starts to rain, Clem stands, confused, in the driveway. What is this nonsense?
It went from dark and grey to raining cats and dogs so quickly that I missed the girls’ reaction, and when I dashed out to find them, this is what I saw:
All four girls, curiously watching the rain from the safety of their nice, dry coop.
Apparently, even the chickens can appreciate the pitter-patter of rain on their tin-roofed coop.
Another sudden downpour, and I am stuck in the coop with them! It really is quite comfy in there.
In between the heavy rains, the girls seemed perfectly content to venture back out and get their dainty feet wet. They had plenty to say about the thunder, chattering and scattering if it got too loud.
The water coming out of the gutter down-spout was utterly fascinating.
A very fluffy Clem takes refuge under the garden entry arch.
I get distracted by a pretty rose. ‘Miss All-American Beauty’ doesn’t mind getting her hair wet.
Another sudden downpour sends us back into the coop….this time we’ve had it with getting wet! Look at those droopy tails.
Despite it all, Millie, Gertie, & Eloise still got their work done. Clem? Too busy playing in the rain.
But this morning? A nice Clem egg, and another mystery rubber egg in the bottom of the coop.
The culprit is still a mystery….the thunder might of scared this one out of someone!
At the end of the day, we all weathered the first storm of the season quite nicely. The coop is warm and dry, the girls, all fluffed out from the cold, are back to their normal cheerful morning antics, and I am happy that it is fireplace time again!
It was 100 degrees last week and now I’ve got the fireplace going. I make no apologies.
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