The well is nearing completion. Despite the ever decreasing depth of our hole, you can see water not far below the surface. If we’re lucky, we’ll end up with a year-round shallow well. If we’re not so lucky, it will be a seasonal one.
Here’s Marcin and me covered in black slime. Since the electric submersible pump would not fit into the casing, we decided to look for a hand pump. Ironically, hand pump set-ups are more expensive than the electric submersible ones! A complete set-up can cost you over One Thousand United States Dollars! Sounds like some open source work is needed in this area!
Fortunately, everyone in the area formerly used hand pumps, so they’re around and if you’re lucky, free for the taking. We were lucky. A neighbor had one.
But getting it turned out to be a dirty job. We pulled the pump with the pipe attached out of the hole. Higher and higher the pump wobbled in the air. When suddenly Crash! It tumbled to the ground, snapping the pipe apart. A burst of pressure released a black slime, which started spurting out of the pipe and all over us. Since this all occurred on the main highway out of town, I am anticipating a line up of neighbors asking us what was going on!
The cat started bringing home the bacon, er…, bunny. He and the dog had quite a feast. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Some good friends visited and among other adventures we found St. John’s Wort! Famous for its anti-depression qualities, but also useful externally for wounds, bruises, scrapes and such. I’m adding it to the list of reasons not to mow. Had we brought out the noisy beast earlier in the season, we would have never know that we had such a treasure. St. John’s Wort is distinguished by its yellow flowers and pinholes in the leaves. Apparently, according to the legend I learned this weekend, evil spirits spited St. John upon his death by poking holes in the leaves of this plant.
All sorts of goodies are blooming and fruiting. From left to right: black-eyed susan, wild strawberries, gooseberries, elder flowers, sour cherries. Eaten before a picture could be taken: mulberries and raspberries.