Don’t bring invasive plants with you when you visit your neighbour

Columnist Liz Twan discusses rainy weather, an upcoming grazing seminar, and weeds.

The following is a cowboy-logic pearl of wisdom taken from the Pharo Cattle Company’s online newsletter. Others are happy with much less than you have.

How true! There are many different ways to interpret, but for now I’ll take it to mean that we should have been grateful for the tiny amount of precipitation we’ve received up to now. Although the rest of the province appears to be drowning, at Alkali Lake we have been bereft of rain, not garnering enough to even dampen down the dust! My house (situated alongside the main thoroughfare) is full of it and our rangelands, as dry as the proverbial bone.

Not anymore. We got rain on Tuesday. It rained most of the day. After dinner it rained so hard that the signal to the TV’s satellite receiver was blocked by the deluge. Yippee!

All of our wishing, hoping and praying seemed ineffective, but you know what I think cracked the clouds? The advent of company coming (Wednesday) from the Lower Mainland.

Their exact wording, when they called last week to see if a visit would be convenient?

“Can we come next Wednesday? It’ll be a quick trip, we’ll drive up in the morning, visit in the afternoon and early evening, overnight in Williams Lake and leave for home early Thursday morning. We’ve just got to get out of this rain for a day.”

Thanks, folks — we got rain!

On the subject of visiting; if you plan to be a guest (Jim Gerrish grazing seminars) next week on someone else’s agricultural operation, please be mindful that while your presence may be welcome, what you may inadvertently bring with you as you visit may not.

For instance, if you live (drive) where there is an invasive plant (weed) species issue, be sure that you are not taking it with you (on your person/vehicle) to the neighbour’s place.

Liz Twan is a local rancher and freelance columnist for the Tribune.

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