Saturday, July 5, 2014 Guerneville CA.
I thought I’d start by finishing the great ditch today,…………….but.
I went out once I got it going and tried digging on the great ditch. I only had about thirty feet to go and I thought I’d get it done.
However, the bamboo roots must of sucked up all the water I applied to loosen up the dirt. Between the roots and the dry dirt, it didn’t look like I was going to get it done. I dug up a few shovels full and it was packed bamboo roots, and I didn’t get very far.
Oh well, I put the water soaker back on the ditch and decided to do something else constructive.
I’ll work on digging out an old spring
Ok, I’ll go up and dig out a water spring up on the hillside. I got the gear I needed loaded on my little quad and headed on up the hill, cruising along through some nice country, a redwood forest.
I stopped in this area to check out the other springs I’d been working on, then continued on up to the other spring I wanted to work on today. I had brought up some plastic pipe fitting to finish hooking one of the springs up, but found I had the wrong fittings. I also realized I’d forgotten the shovel, so that limited what I could do here.
I tapped this one years ago
I haven’t messed with this one in a number of years, but now it was plugged up with mud, so I needed to take all the rocks out of it and redo it. I took all the rocks out and piled them at the lower right of the picture. Looking at what was left, I decided this spring is too good to do half ass. I need to make a new filter screen for it and I plan to dig it out a bit more and fill it in with some blue clay to seal it up. Because this spring is just a hole in the hillside, it is a good one to tap and it should be real sanitary after I do that. No bugs or animals should be able to get into it if I do it right.
Critters share the water
After I did what I could do with the spring, I headed on down the road to check a spring that feeds my brothers garden.
It’s flowing a little, but not real good. Nothing I can do about that, there is either water or there isn’t.
A couple plums for a snack
I was thinking I should check out another one of my brother’s springs which I had to turn up a side road for on the way back. But I was day dreaming or something and I found that I had missed the road. I was down at my brother’s garden now though, so I remembered the plums that were almost ripe I saw the other day.
Back up the hill
After that refreshing snack, I headed back up the hill to my brother’s spring and checked it out. This is the spring area. There is water here, but it’s spread out and not a good place to do a sanitary tap.
I headed back down to my house and had something to eat and a nap, of course.
Back working on the great ditch project
After I was able to get going again, I went back outside and checked the ditch dirt to see if I could dig it yet. The dirt was a bit easier to dig, but still a lot of work and I could see this was going to take longer than I had expected. I’d dig a bit, then sit in my chair and dig some more as soon as I was able.
As I was sitting in my chair resting, I noticed something moving about twenty feet from me in a plum tree.
A red squirrel had gotten a plum and was eating it. It was watching me while it was doing it, but didn’t scamper off when I picked up my camera.
I’ll try to finish it tomorrow.
Nice day working around here getting some things done.