Friday, October 3, 2008

Day 83 - Old well

I'm posting early today - actually took this photo yesterday when I went down to the barn. This is a hand dug well from the 1800s. The 'base' around it is huge flat rocks. When I was growing up this well was in a screened porch that opened onto the kitchen of my grandparents home (also from the 1800s). That was quite modern as they didn't have to actually go outside in the weather to get water. It was 'improved on' and at one time actually had a pump that would pump water to the "wash house".

The house and most of the outbuildings burned in the 1980s. It hadn't been lived in since the 1960s but held a special place in my heart. We always planned to renovate it and live in it ourselves. Vandals changed that plan. Chuck wanted to knock the rocks down and fill the well in - I just couldn't.... it's the last thing left connected to the house and while I'll never use if for water, I just can't let it go. The goats love laying on the stones next to the well.

That's the back of my house you can see in the distance.

I'll be traveling later today - I'm going to the dark side of the moon (California) to visit my son & his family. Hopefully I'll be able to post every day, but the travel days will be VERY long, so we'll see.


Islipian said...

Safe trip, Miss Iris!

Jai Johnson said...

Have a good trip Iris...wish I lived closer to Nashville so I could meet you in person when you pass through.

Kat Simpson said...

Well, if the doomsday predictions come true - maybe someone someday will use that well :)