The floodgates have opened and spring has arrived! We've had a wild ride this winter and the beginning of spring has proven no different. So far, in the month of March, we've had ground blizzards (leaving two foot snow drifts), sunny, 60 degree days, melting the snow so quickly that we can hear the sound of the snow turning into torrential rivulets of water, and pounding rains that work to erode the very ground beneath our feet.
In anticipation of what we knew would be an exceptionally wet spring, the children and I dug a creek in the front garden. Really! The area in front of our "shouse" gets wet every spring. The ground absorbs water for a while then becomes saturated and runs straight in our front door. It is crazy making! Over the years we have put pallets on the ground to keep us out of the puddle, dug trenches to redirect the water and poured gravel into the mud at front of the door. This year, we decided to take action!
The first thing we did was dug up the area in front of the door, making sure that everything sloped toward the garden. After we sloped the area by the front door, we began digging, winding our way through our little side garden and ending at the edge of the shouse, to drain into a ditch that channels water into the back field. After we dug the "creek", we set about filling it, first with smaller pebbles and then with river rock. We chose a pretty, light colored river rock so that it would be a nice feature in the garden even when it wasn't being useful channeling water from our front door.
|Our creek trench|
|Meandering through the garden|
|Beginning to put down river rock|
|The brook is taking form!|
Already our wandering brook has proven useful. As the rains have fallen, our doorstep has stayed dry. Instead of mud and mess, we've had a bubbling brook gurgling the siren song of spring.
Although the "shouse" has been spared the sometimes devastating effects of springs, our driveway has not. For the first time in almost 20 years, our driveway has collapsed, leaving it almost impassible. Sir Knight calls our driveway a "4-wheel drive confidence course" and everybody who attempts to maneuver it takes their life in their hands! Even walking down the driveway can be dangerous with the ground giving way under each foot fall. It is very similar to traversing a bog, almost like walking across a water bed!
Our driveway isn't the only roadway that has been compromised! The major (only) highway into a nearby mountain town has been closed for an indefinite amount of time. The roadway has literally crumbled beneath the asphalt, leaving gaping holes 3/4 of a mile long (and growing daily). What used to be a 20 minute commute from the small community has now become an hour and 45 minute trek through mountain passes, many of which are still flooding! Ah, the joys of spring!
|Nearby damaged highway|