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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Life Blood Of The Farm...

or of any place is water.  This is The spring, our main source of water.  Where you see the circle of rock work used to have a wooden barrel.  The spring bubbled up into the barrel and water was dipped from there.  The rocks, laid by Grandpa, are still there but the barrel is long gone.  Now the circle of stone conceals a submersible pump that supplies water to both houses here. 
The pump house, also rocked to keep the pipes from freezing, sets behind the circle of stone on land.  The pipes are buried to each house and supply all our water.  This is the biggest of three springs we are so blessed to have on this property.
You may think this is terrible to drink this fine, cool, pure spring water, especially with the blanket moss growing, but this is below where we pump and does not affect any thing.  First warm day, we will shut off the pump.  I will take off my shoes,  and enter the spring with tools to loosen the moss to wash down stream.  We will remove the water crest and help ease the flow.

This spring runs into a pond and then from the pond to creek and works it way to the river.  Before it leaves our place, it graciously supplies all the fine clear water we ever need.  Its gravity irrigates our garden, it waters the stock and makes the finest tea and coffee you have ever tasted.

I do not remember the volume this spring produces but the spring by the old garden pumps seven gallons a minute and is but a trickle next to this one.

No chlorine, no fluoride, no chemicals added, just fresh clean spring water from deep within the earth.

15 comments:

Nancy said...

We are fortunate to have an Artesian spring on our property, which fills three separate ponds.

I can't imagine what it would be like not to have all of this wonderful water here. So much wildlife comes to drink from it -- the cattle are able to stay cool at the dams all summer.

Nice post Gail. :)

Teresa aka JW said...

To me that is a scary thought that water is the lifeblood for all of us, because it's so easy for it to disappear.

Vickie said...

Hi Gail - your families are very blessed to have this fresh clean water nearby. Not many of us are so lucky! It's neat that it's been there and been supplying your family for several generations, too! ;) Have a wonderful week!

ellen abbott said...

Everyone except for us and another neighbor get their water from wells. This place had a well too but when the previous owners put in the new septic system it was too close to the well. They were going to have to dig a new well on the other side of the property. it so happened that the little town was putting in water lines for fire hydrants in the neighborhood at that time and so they opted for city water instead of the expense of digging a new well. I would rather be on well water though. The only good thing about being on city water is that if/when the power goes out, we will still have water. Those on wells don't unless they have a generator to run the pump.

COUNTRY GAL said...

The purest water to drink ! We had the same set up on our farm when I was a kid still to this day I cant stand the taste of any other water unless I flavor it ! Awesome post and photos. Have a wonderful day !

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Spring water is pure and wonderful. So much better tasting than the chemical laden stuff many drink in towns/cities. I remember growing up on the farm where our water came from the nearby pond. The water was run through a sand filter before being pumped into the house. I'm sure that wouldn't be up to today's standards, but it worked at the time! Have a good day.

Sue said...

Oh boy, would I love a drink of that water!

=)

Sandy said...

Love it! Pure, clean water...what a precious gift from God.

Nezzy said...

The first thing I do when I come in the house from a long trip or even a trip into town is to hit the faucet for a cool drink of 'fresh' water. There's just nothin' like it in the world!

Great post on a major life force.

God bless ya and have a beautiful day. We're packed in here on the Ponderosa!

LindaG said...

Very blessed indeed. :)
Stay warm and thanks for the pictures!

Rudee said...

I'd wait for warmer weather, but would love to dip my feet in that spring.

Pat said...

You are very lucky to have this water on your land! It is getting to be a rare commodity in some parts of the world!

Nora said...

I'm very thirsty now for a glass of water from your spring. I bet it tastes like nothing in the world. I don't normally care for water all that much, but yours sounds very good.

Far Side of Fifty said...

You are very lucky to have your own springs for water! We have a well..and our water is good..but nothing like water from a spring:)

Dessa Wolf said...

Nothing could be better. I envy you your sweet water--we have to go and fill up 3 and 5 gallon jugs in town because the water that comes out of our faucets is so hard.

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