Where we finally have our well

We do finally have a well and it’s wonderful to have water available at home again. We also have the front of our house back looking like a house and not like a construction zone.

This was what it looked like before.

The well itself looks amazing. All new, shiny and blue. It was the hard, compacted earth/clay around it that was an eye sore. The few blades of grass that had managed to survive were sad-looking and sparse. It basically looked barren and desert-like.

So, we got some help.

We had to get new, fresh earth and level it. Then we had to get grass.

And finally, we have a lovely looking yard. we still have to water it like crazy so the grass won’t die but it’s back to looking like a yard.

Success at last!

A tale of two ducks

Spring is finally truly here. We have sunshine, rain, mud and green sprouts everywhere. The house is filthy, but we don’t care. We’re falling in love with our home and the yard all over again.

We’re not alone. Two mallard ducks have decided our home is the best place for miles around and are now living in our river.


Can you see the ducks? Again, I have to apologize for my picture-taking skills (or lack of). Those two ‘bumps’ on the grass are actually the mallard ducks, a male and female, who have decided to call our river home. Aren’t they adorable? So cute!

I’m a little concerned because the river that flows so powerfully now dries under the summer’s relentless sun and becomes a stagnant trickle. I worry about the future of these two ducks…and their possible babies.


Our dogs worry too but for a different reason. They see nothing but trouble in our winged visitors and watch them for hours waiting for the inevitable attack. Obviously, the ducks are trouble and the only thing to do is incessant guarding.

Either that or they’re bored.

Please note the hole in the yard. River’s latest escape attempt.