[Homestead] Life in Elbonia
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Tue Feb 9 20:54:59 EST 2010
Same here James. It used to take 3" of rain in a 24-36 hour period to
make our dry creek run. Now, after a half an inch the thing is ready to
flood. I walked across the front yard the other night to gather some
twigs for a fire and was amazed that the soil was holding at all. The
front yard is sloping, and as I walked, the soil/mud moved away under my
feet, like a mini-mudslide. There are creeks where I've never seen
creeks before. I worry what will happen in the windy thunderstorms of
Spring. I can't even think it..
It might be a good year to plant more trees in the pasture.
Clansgian at wmconnect.com wrote:
> Elbonia, you know, that country that appears in the Dilbert comic strip
> where all the citizens are always up to their waist in mud.
> After those years of drought the water table is back in spades. Rain on
> top of melting snow ... the TVA lake that us usually lowered by 40 feet in the
> winter is within 8 feet of being full. Flatlanders my have a hard time
> visualizing this, but with extreme saturation of the ground, water will appear
> to stand in pools on steep hillsides.
> The biggest homestead news for us here in the Elbonian winter is that we
> got a new cow two days ago, Jersey bred to Jersey and due in June. She's
> still lactating about a gallon a day and so we will dry her off completely in
> six or eight weeks.
> In order to rearrange pastures and pens to accomodate Ushi (the girls are
> learning Japanese so all the farm animals now have Japanese names, ushi =
> 'cow'), I needed to move a dozen or so T-posts. These are in hard clay ground
> and I was not looking forward to it. I'd had in mind to move some of them
> late last summer, but a ten foot pole used as a second class lever would not
> lift them out of the ground.
> But the ground is so saturated with water that I lifed each t-post out of
> the ground with one hand and almost no effort.
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