Last year was so dry that we didn’t put up a single bale of hay. When the pond in our front yard dried up, my waterfowl were very perturbed. They spent a lot of time roaming the yard in search of their missing swimming hole.
I’d been encouraging The Husband to consider enlarging that pond whenever the next drought gave him the opportunity to get in there and work on it. I’m still not sure whether he got tired of listening to me, or whether it just takes years for an idea to percolate before it becomes a “good idea!”, but in any case, he spent a lot of time this past fall and spring moving dirt with a tractor and scraper. The result was an empty hole with 4x the capacity that it previously had, and a lot of bare, dry ground all around it. So we prayed for rain. We’d get a few tenths of an inch here and there, but mostly the rain would go north or south of us. Mud for a day or two, and then back to the packed bare ground.
This photo was taken April 20th, and after a few days the puddle dried up:
The week before Pentecost arrived, and we were planning to host a barbecue in our back yard. The forecast indicated we’d be having it in The Husband’s shop building. It was a great day, in spite of the mud. We enjoyed friends and listened to the rain fall all. day. long. After such a very, very dry year, we couldn’t get enough of that sound.
It’s been raining off and on ever since. In between showers and a couple of bouts with hail, I got some raised beds built in the garden, and some seeds planted, but more on that later. Yesterday, I took a picture of the pond, intending to share how happy my ducks and geese are now that they can swim again (I suspect the chickens are happy to be rid of them, too!).
I estimate that the water was about a foot deep, though it covered a lot of area. Over night, we’ve gotten more than an inch of rain.
If you look closely, you can see that the high water mark is still a few feet above the current water level, but you can also see that it has risen quite a bit since yesterday. Maybe The Taterbug will get to go canoeing in the pond this summer after all!
And it’s still raining.