Thursday, April 14, 2011

Reflections of a writer

Sorry for the late blog post. Honestly I have been caught up in my own world of working around my farmstead and correcting problems that have plagued me for years (yes, I said years). First there is this rusty pipe that stretches’ from an underwater cistern down a hill and under the barn to an old fashion pump. The hand pump broke off several years ago and now there is a large hole filled with (you guessed it) water.

Then my water well pump jack malfunctioned and snapped the pump rod. I quickly filled the horse’s water tank and promptly ran out of water. This condition lasted for nine days while I portaged water and pulled the pipe and rods from the well—279 feet down I found the culprit and repaired it. You might ask what this has to do with the above water hole next to my barn. Good question.

During the nine days I spend working on the well; I wandered behind the barn and was surprised to see a dry hole. It took me two days of slinging mud before I found the offending pipe. Needless to say there is now a new hand pump in the middle of the hole. Reflecting on the lesson that I learned—if water stops flowing here it also stops at other places. In other words accidents happen—repair them and make the best use of your time—the same lesson applies to your writing.

I leave you with my reflections in pictures. The first shows what caused them and the second is titled Reflections.

Reflections off my Chicken Coop

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