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  • The Pond Has Decided to Go
  • Sumner Smith
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The Pond Has Decided to Go

This farm - which I love dearly - never gets tired of making sure I've learned the lesson of patience.  


Remember when the culvert collapsed and we got to figure out how one deals with 100 feet of culvert that needs to be replaced along with a sinkhole/geyser in the yard?  Turns out that was sort of a prelude in the farm repair department.  Because now the pond is draining.  Yep, all of the water is leaking out, and not because we asked it to.

There's an overflow pipe that keeps the water level constant (because our pond is spring and creek fed, which is super lucky because the water level never drops), and at the bottom of that overflow pipe is a drain (kind of like a trap door) with a long handle that comes all the way to the surface so that theoretically one could open the drain and drop the water level if wanted.  But that system was put in about 30 years ago, and the drain handle has never been used.  Until now - when suddenly it seems to have opened and the water is slowwwwwly leaving.  

I'm guessing it finally rusted through - we took the row boat out and stared at the top of the handle - since none of us scuba dive that was basically the full extent of our diagnostics.  Turns out it was still useful, though, because the handle is now attached to nothing and just propped up on the big pipe - apparently having rusted through and somehow opened the drain at the bottom.

So, after staring at it at great length (our favorite method of pretending like we might know something useful in unfamiliar situations), and talking to some people who actually might have some insight, we've decided to just let the whole thing drain so we can properly repair/replace the overflow and drain pipe.  On the one hand this kind of stinks - we're going to have a giant mud bog in our yard for months, because even once it's repaired it'll take forever to fill back up.  But on the other hand it's kind of great - because we'll have an actual functioning drain system, and the current lack thereof has sort of been in the back of my mind for a while now. 

In the meantime, though, the lesson is patience - because we can't do anything until the pond totally drains, and it's currently draining at a rate of about 6-12" per day.  This thing is about 10'-12' deep, so it's going to take a while. Kind of like if you decided to drain your swimming pool, and poked a hole in it with an ice pick and just sat there waiting for allll of the water to come out.  

And this, I think is where the farm really excels - making sure I'm completely comfortable with the idea that it's really in charge, not us. Thankfully yoga also really excels in the equanimity department, so that's helping.  Although, I'm not going to lie, my very first reaction when I realized what was happening was to yell "FUCK!!!!" at the top of my lungs.  So I'm a work in progress.

  • Sumner Smith
  • farmpond