2 acre farm: What Pond?

2 acre farm

The experiences, trials, and lives on a small farm in rural Illinois.

Friday, November 20, 2009

What Pond?

After several days of rainy weather (with yesterdays exception of sunshine in the evening) it was a relief to wake up to the promise of sunshine and warmth. This morning when I took Moonie (our rescue dog) outside, I went ahead and threw on my boots and walked to the back of our 2 acre farm to see how high the water had risen in our pond...well, we call it a pond. Actually, some 20-30 years ago it was a watering hole for the sheep raised on our property (which has since been divided and is now known as our 2 acre farm). At some point after the original owners sold off sections of their property, along with the sheep, they knocked down part of the dam. Despite the attempt, over the years the small natural spring which fed the watering hole has continually replenished, keeping the area highly saturated during dry spells and becoming a source of fresh water for the deer after heavy rains.

The pond is just one of our many projects planned for this coming spring. Eager to get started, Nathan has already spent several days clearing some of the underbrush and scrappy trees (which will soon become fence posts) that had taken over the remains of the previous dam. We will still need to backhoe some of the dirt and rebuild the dam but as long as the natural spring remains cooperative the rain should take care of the rest. The pond will undoubtedly provide us with a great watering source, endless hours of fishing, and since it will be hard to get away with a new baby, the perfect view for camping!

Right now the outside wireless weather station reads 61 degrees, a concept hard to imagine at the end of November in the Midwest, and I am itching to migrate outside and get something accomplished. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on our little pond and the 2 acre farm!
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2 Comments:

Anonymous Darrell Rhoades said...

Just wanted to drop you a note and say that is a great title for your post.
I know what you mean about waiting for spring and getting to work on the pond, but it will come and when the pond is finished you'll always be looking forward to spring. It can't come fast enough.
You did hit some highlights about fishing, camping, and now your very own private Oasis.
Don't forget to kick back and relax with the sounds of narure.

Take care and have a GREAT day!
Darrell

December 12, 2009 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Aimee (2af) said...

Darrell, thanks for your comment and fantastic website! Absolutely… the sights, sounds, & even the smells of nature are perhaps the most exciting characteristics of living on our little 2 acre farm. The beautiful metamorphous of nature and the satisfaction of creating and contributing are just a few of the things that motivate and inspire me to go outside and work or “play” each day.

December 20, 2009 at 11:42 AM  

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