Life on Regal-Hill by Gail Hillriegel

Life on Regal-Hill: July 15, 2009

By Gail Hillriegel
It has been busy here at Regal-Hill. Three fields have been harvested, Allegra’s heifer calved and we are still milking her, there continues to be thundershowers or rain with warnings of hail, saw two deer while walking and one day we even saw two bears.

Life on Regal-Hill: July 8, 2009

by Gail Hillriegal
There will be another Baseball All-Star game on July 14. This year it will be at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The president will throw out the first pitch. And according to the Internet the central theme is “Community Service.” I am not sure just what that means. I am not sure whether the proceeds from the game will go to some nonprofit organization, or if the ball players will be expected to donate a big amount of money to a cause.

Life on Regal-Hill: July 1, 2009

We finally started haying here at Regal-Hill. I don’t think we have ever been this late before, but we don’t make the weather either. Since there is still a chance of a stray shower today and tomorrow the hay is going in the silo. It was so nice to hear the tractor and mower, mowing down the hay. It was so nice to smell the sweet smell of the hay as well. It is different from the smell of freshly cut lawn grass, although that is nice too.

Life on Regal-Hill: June 24, 2009

Thankfully, here at Regal-Hill we didn’t get the hail that some people in the area got last week. When we learned that there could be hail with the thunderstorm we found empty pails, plastic ice cream containers and whatever we could find, and covered any plants that were big enough to be damaged by hail. Being there was no way to cover the peas, since they have brush for them to trail on, we concentrated on covering the broccoli and tomato plants. At least now if hail is predicted again, we are ready with things to cover plants with. The plants had grown considerably since they were planted so they needed bigger containers to cover them.

Life on Regal-Hill: June 17, 2009

Here at Regal-Hill we are still waiting for the weather to be dryer so we can start haying. Showers are forecast for every day this week. Now that it is time to start haying you would think the weather would cooperate and be dry for awhile. George is all ready to mow as soon as the forecast calls for three days in a row of dry weather.

Life on Regal-Hill: June 10, 2009

George finally fixed it so we could display the American flag once again here at Regal-Hill for Memorial Day. Flag Day is this coming Sunday. It is one of a number of days when the flag should be displayed. For me however, I hope it is a nice day as it saddens me to see a soggy flag on display. I realize that sometimes it is hard to take it down or put it up easily, but I was taught in my growing up days that in bad weather the flag was taken down.

Life on Regal-Hill: May 27, 2009

Well we got another frost last week Tuesday at Regal-Hill. I am disgusted with myself that I didn’t cut the asparagus. I went to check it this morning and it had definitely been frozen. I knew it was there too and just didn’t remember to go out and cut it and bring it inside. Now I have to cut it and wait for it to grow again before serving it in any meals.

Life on Regal-Hill: May 20, 2009

Well, we got a rather hard frost here at Regal-Hill last week. George built a fire. It sure felt good until the sun came up and warmed things up. The wind didn’t blow either which helped speed up the warming process. It is amazing how so often when we get a frost that the sun will shine and gradually warm up the air so it doesn’t seem so bad if you have to be outside.

Life on Regal-Hill: May 13, 2009

We could use a good rain here at Regal-Hill. I really don’t want to start watering so soon.
Apparently there has been enough rain for the shadblows, sometimes called the shad tree, to appear. The shadblows are the pin cherry trees when they are in blossom.

Life on Regal-Hill: April 29, 2009

Most days are more like springtime here at Regal-Hill. Even some of the birds are thinking spring as we now have barn swallows residing in the barn. Yesterday it was cold, rainy or snowy and it was very windy, but two yellow-shafted flickers appeared in a nearby tree. (Of course we had to look in our bird book.) Today the sun is out, making it easier to work outside in the flowerbeds.

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