Possum Up A Simmon Tree

Out in the woods the duff is dry. The pawpaws have started to fall. There’s a change that occurs in the woods this time of year. Some of the thickness comes out of the understory. It is a marked shift. Still, it is a time of spiders. And out in the pasture where the black walnuts stand, you can see the golden rain of their leaves, a silent and lovely begin to Autumn.


8 thoughts on “Possum Up A Simmon Tree”

  1. So sorry to hear that, guys. I can imagine it is no fun to have no water with all the milking utensils and in the middle of the height of harvest processing. Praying it gets sorted out quickly and smoothly for you.

    1. Thanks. I spent the morning working on some fence-line. And just took a swim in the pond. The water was unbelievably clear and cool. Feeling pretty good.

  2. I shudder to think just how poorly we would do without running water. Never thought I’d see the day I hoped someone’s well pump was broken but here I am, hoping your well pump is broken. 🙂

  3. Good luck with the well. I was convinced ours had collapsed or run dry a few weeks ago, only to discover happily that the problem wasn’t with the well at all and was easily (and inexpensively) repaired. Hoping you have a similar resolution.

    Yesterday I took my mother to visit the place in the mountains where she grew up. They got their water from a spring higher up the mountain and carried it home in buckets as needed. That (and lots of other things) gave me reason to reflect on the things I tend to take for granted.

    1. We’d been pushing our well pretty hard. I didn’t know that the hydrant could run at about 15 gal per min and that most wells are dug to provide about 10 gal per min. We’re going to be more careful when watering our cows in the south pasture which is the only place they don’t have access to ponds for water.

      Seems like it would be nice to be able to set up a gravity system from ponds or mountain springs.

      Life seems different indeed w/o running water. That and electricity are two pieces of the puzzle that’ts sure nice to have and like you say, easy to take for granted.

  4. One can live without running water but there has to be a set-up and a routine. When we did it — for about 5 years– we had a spring and buckets and the routine. But in our place now there’s no natural water source that would be easy to access. Praying it’s “just” your pump.

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