When Ponds Attack

Yes, it has been awhile. Things never seem to slow down, even (or especially) when one is trying to get off the grid.

Out here in the woods it has been a very rainy spring. The area of our backyard that we had intended to use for our raised bed garden has been under two feet of water for six weeks. We even have a green heron taking up residence. Besides the garden plot, our fire ring has been under water and our wood pile is in the middle of a small lake.

We stocked the pond with minnows and goldfish in an attempt to control mosquitoes. I'm sure it helped, but we still have plenty of the bloodsuckers left to make life miserable. Naturally, the heron is eating our fish.

Over the weeks we've had a chorus of toads and frogs singing to one another, no doubt mating and laying eggs in the pool. I haven't seen any tadpoles, yet, but that doesn't mean they aren't there.

I thought that living up on a hill would make us flood proof, but it hasn't made much difference. We tried to dig a post hole the other day and water bubbled up from the ground. Our favorite hiking trails are marshy and muddy and the meadows have streams running through them.

Fortunately, the rains are over for now and the waters are receding, so perhaps we will soon be back to the business of homesteading.

On another subject, I wanted to use this photo for my new Author Central profile picture, but my wife thinks it makes me look grumpy and mean. What do you think?


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