Sunnybrook Farm shows daily activities of living in rural Virginia.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday was warm and rainy until the evening when it began to rain really hard. I found myself up at midnight trying to siphon about 8 inches of water out of the basement with 3 hoses. Someone years ago made the decision to pipe all the water from the downspouts and basement drains along with an outside drain at the root cellar and another in a low spot on the up side of the house all the way to the creek. The drain pipe goes under the chicken lot and part of the garden and empties in the creek. The problem is that when the creek floods, the water pressure of the creek apparently keeps the drain from emptying just as though it is stopped up. Sooooo.....the basement floods and things start to float around. When the creek level falls, it drains again. I will have to work on this problem so yet another thing on my list of things to do.
The stars were out when I got up at 3 to fire the furnace and at sunrise the colors were really nice. This shot reminds me of a Wolf Kahn painting.
If you squint just right, there are pinks and purple and orange and blues. No I didn't put moonshine in my grits!
I stopped the car on the way to the bus stop to take some of these pastel looking shots.
The Dunker church is in the distance and really got lit up.
Looking the other way I got a neat sunrise.
I like the strip of yellow-green looking back toward the hollow where our house is.
The boys spent the night of hard rain at the top of their pasture, they left the low land for safety.
I was happy to find that the water had gone over my bridge and it held. I use this one to get to firewood so it gets a lot of use. It doesn't look like much but it is well built with 4 long pieces of steel under the decking.
I spent most of the day cleaning up the mess from last night. Not much sleep so I was dragging some today.
Carrie and I are in town tonight as tomorrow is Debbie's birthday and I needed to get stuff to bake her cake. She wanted chocolate on chocolate, guess she craves chocolate.