Saturday, April 27, 2013

So There Was...

an incredibly thick carpet of leaves (like 5 years worth or more) covering a 'gully' in the tree line behind the house.  Since the banks of the 'gully' were pretty steep and the chickens are on the other side of it, I decided I want a small foot bridge there (small being about 12-15 ft to cut out the whole up-down thing).  In order to do that, I had to clear out said 'gully' of leaves so I could find the right spots for supports.  Imagine my surprise when the little gully that would hold water after the rain became something more akin to an actual running creek.

I'm assuming it's a wet weather creek (a few days of no rain will likely confirm that for me) but that baby is running like it means business now...and I've not even got it cleared all the way up to the 'source' yet!  There's also a small (read maybe 8 ft across) pond that needs a little digging out to make it useful for the ducks (they didn't care that it was only 2 inches deep today).  There are several little deep pools in the creek, deep enough that eventually crawdads will enjoy them and the chickens thoroughly enjoyed digging through the HUGE piles of leaves I pulled back to get after worms.

Today's work on that area was only the beginning...but I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the sound of those mini waterfalls in the quiet of the evening.  I see a hammock under the oaks and cedars out there in the very, very near future.

Around the bend and to the 'pond' (still a lot of work to be done with clearing of leaves):


Mayberry said...

Wow, I would love to have a place like that! A creek, a pond... Oh I would have that pond dug out and stock that puppy with fish :)

Jess (Ozark Momma) said...

It's tiny Mabe...but that didn't stop me from getting sucked down to my knees when I stepped into the middle of it! lol

We're eventually going to have a big one dug out (see that dip further back in the grass by the far trees...that's the perfect spot for one) and stocked. For now, this will do for the ducks better than the little pre-form pond they've got now. Just have to dig it out a little more.

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts. --Edmund Burke