Monday, March 7, 2011

Island in the Stream

It rained for a good portion of the day Saturday.  Sunday, it began raining heavy around 6am.  Although I was concerned about the creeks, I didn't go outside until noon.  I'm glad I did.  At the fence line that crosses the creek on the South side of the house, there was a slight problem.  You see, my little rascal Moon used to escape by literally ducking under the water and under the fence.  So, a few years back, I asked the Pres to put something to prevent her from accessing that as an escape route.  He placed an old unused fence post under the wire and that was just enough to block her passage.
However, with all the dried leaves that blow into the creek bed and accumulate all winter, when a heavy torrential rain hits, they often create damns here and there.  And so, off I went into the pouring rain wearing my nylon waterproof parka, waterproof pants and my LL Bean boots.  

My first task was to clear away the accumulated debris on the fence line to get all that water flowing.

My next task was a little tougher because when I looked down towards the road and the culvert that crosses under the driveway, an island had formed.  Now, I'm all for the  islands, but I really don't relish the idea of one in the midst of my creek.
Besides, the left side was eroding the bank.  I didn't want that to happen.  So, with the help of my trusty pitchfork, I cleared the block and got the water flowing along the road again...right into the culvert!  

Remember I told you a long time ago, that "it's not what you accomplish, but rather what you learn from it?" (Yes, I said that!)  Well, want to know what I learned when I was out there doing this?

I learned my waterproof parka ISN'T WATERPROOF!  LOL!!!!


  1. Soaking wet...through and through....YUCK

  2. Sorry about your water-proof jacket! I had to make a major rescue from my creek yesterday. A perfectly good teddy bear was floating down the creek. Grabbed it with the garden rake, gave it a bath and dried it. Maybe a child at church will mention losing their teddy bear and I can return it. Wouldn't that be fun!

  3. Lessons learned are a good thing...Thanks for the chuckle.

  4. We have had lots of rain and erosion from the volume of water.

  5. We had a lot of rain this past weekend. Glad you got rid of the island. Blessings jane

  6. My rain gear manages to leak a wee bit also! :)

  7. you are a braveheart to do all that in the rain, i would be guilty of pushing hubby out to do it. aren't our dogs so fun sometimes? i mean the work they cause just by "being"

  8. Guess there is rain proof and then there is rainproof. teehee You sure do a lot of work.


  9. I haven't worked out in the rain since we sold the dairy!
    I hope it was a warm is cold here!

    I see our culvert out front needs cleaning....I will be doing it in dry weather!

  10. I was really surprised that our creeks didn't come out of their banks from Saturdays rains. We'll see how it does when we get a lot of rain on Wednesday.

    Glad you got your culvert cleared!

    Have a great day!

  11. Don't ya just hate that you have to need something to be waterproof before you can find out it's not waterproof!

  12. Very few things are truly waterproof. Maybe they should say water resistant! Sounds like you accomplished a lot.

  13. the thing that bothers me more than a NOT waterproof the SHOES! ugh!

    (s l o w l y...getting caught up...gotta run...but will be back continue with your the Hollow... :] )


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