Water, water, and more water
February 23, 2012 § 4 Comments
We’ve been in a drought for almost two years, and so it has been very nice recently to be the recipients of some much needed rain. Our duckpond, which about a month ago was so low that we worried for the survival of our fish, is now back to its original size. The pond is about an acre….maybe a little more. It’s the home to several large koi, catfish, sunfish, bass, and numerous other fish. We stand on the dock in the evenings, and feed them food scraps and fish food.
Last month, we took advantage of the dry weather and did some work in the back pasture behind the barn, hauling in dirt, and raising the level a foot or more. We also transplanted some trees from the front of our property to the back, and then dug some ditches to allow water to flow into the pond when it does rain. The transplanted trees, which were looking a little iffy after their transplanting, seem like they will survive.
What you’re not seeing is the tree that was hit by lightning two weeks ago. It fell in between the house and the barn, pretty much filling the entire area. When it dries out, we’ll be out there with the chainsaw, cutting it onto firewood for our woodburing fireplace. It rarely gets cold enough here to have a fire except 1-2 nights during the winter, but I’m sure we’ll use some of the wood for barbecues this coming summer.
As usual, one solitary rogue iris has decided to bloom in the middle of winter. In another two months, the rest of the iris will come up and show their blooms. It’s nice to see this guy in the meantime.