Weather Station

Our son has this really cool weather station that not only let’s him view the weather data at his house, but lets others view it too.  This is really cool.  So we decided we needed one for the farm.  We bought it, brought it through customs with no tax! and Jon installed it.  It is attached to a temporary dowel, in it’s permanent home – attached to a fence post outside the front of the blue house. The dowel is temporary as it’s not quite strong enough – the wind has already caught it a few times and turned it around – so we need an iron rod. But the rain gauge works as does the rest of the sensors.

weather station 1

weather station 2

weather station 3

The wind gauge is the most exciting to watch. We can watch as the wind gets strong and the gusts stronger.  We have often wondered how strong the wind really is.  Since activating the weather station, we have seen it measure 48 kph with gusts at 56kmp. Which Jon says it really not that impressive, but if you are standing in it trying to work, it feels strong. We are also learning how to read a barometer. Storms blow in here quite often without apparent warning – but not if you keep an eye on the barometer. It’s really quite fascinating.

There is a subscription to an international site that allow others to view our personal weather station. It is free to view all the data for you weather junkies.  We do not have the web cam set up yet so you can’t see the storms roll in, but we will eventually get to it.  So for now if you are interested in our spring weather the address is:    http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=pws:IMALDONA5

Or you can go to: http://www.wunderground.com/ and search for “Garzon, UY” in the top-right search box. By default the result is the “Capitan Curbelo International ” weather station, listed under the Garzon, UY title at the top of the page. Then click the “Change Station” link next to that, the top listing is “La Piccolina Farm, Garz n, MALDONADO (IMALDONA5)“, woohoo! Click that to get the weather for the farm 🙂

Busy. Again.

Once again we are behind (possibly very behind) in posting. Which means either we are doing boring everyday things or are busy trying to accomplish something.  So we are (once again) going to play catch up. But, in holding with the general spirit of the blog, please don’t expect the topics in chronologic order.

The most exciting thing first. Jason and Amy visited for ten days!  They spent a few days checking out the beach, but it was a little too windy for them. They then came to the farm for a working vacation.  Jason said he prepared Amy for this adventure and even bought her Carhartt Overalls for Christmas. Jason and Amy did lots of time consuming, fiddly maintenance things that we just haven’t had time to do. (And, in the case of Amy, looked stylish while doing it.)

Jason and Amy

Amy and Jason thinking about how to begin

The front door needed to be shortened since it scraped the tile and the sweep needed to be changed out., which they did.

Amy and Jason working on the door

Jason repaired the lock and Amy is sealed/stained the door.

Amy staining door frame

Amy with chisel

Then, Jason fixed the bedroom door. It didn’t latch correctly, so he asked Amy to chisel the frame, so he could reinstall the latch.  In the meantime, the electricity went out, so in order to continue her job, Jason gave her a headlight to use.  Keep on working! and she did, and with a smile and good humor! In the end Jason and Amy fixed all the doors – trimmed them, tweaked latched, re-hung, everything. We keep opening and closing the doors just to enjoy how nicely they work. We’re easy to please!

The reward for all the wonderful help? Farm fresh food. Amy even got to enjoy a homegrown lamb dinner.

Amy eating lamb

It was wonderful to have them here on the farm with us!