|View from the laundry room window . . .|
Jerry called me out in the pasture this morning to look at the reappearance of what I'm starting to think of as the "mystery hole." It's - I don't know - five or six inches diameter and about two feet deep - very likely to cause a broken leg if human or horse stepped in it. The human would probably recover, but it would be a death sentence for a horse.
The hole first appeared about a year ago. At the time, Jerry had a pile of dirt somewhere on this quirky farm. (He likes to keep dirt on hand.) He got on the tractor and filled the hole with some of this dirt. After the dirt settled, he added more dirt. He leveled it all off, and we watched it for a while. The hole didn't reappear so we thought the problem was solved and didn't think much more about it.
Now the hole is back and we have no dirt on hand. Even if we had a pile of dirt, it would be mud after all the rain. While I was wondering what in the world we were going to do to keep a horse from breaking a leg until we can get a load of dirt delivered, Jerry came up with a solution. He used the tractor - I don't know what we would do without our little Kubota - to move an old iron pot and turn it upside down over the hole.
|Let's just graze around it. That way we can sneak up on it.|
If you let a dog out in his yard, and he saw an iron pot that hadn't been there the day before, he would probably raise his leg and pee on it. If he was concerned about it at all, he might stand a few feet away and bark at it.
|It's not moving. Maybe it's harmless.|
|Oh heck! I don't think this is anything to worry about.|
|Actually, it's right tasty!|
So ---- we have a temporary fix for this problem. But I have unanswered questions. Why did this hole come back? What happened to the dirt we put in it a year ago? Will it come back again and again, no matter how many times we fill it with dirt? Is this how sink holes start? Oh, no! Is it going to end up like the Bayou Corne sink hole that has caused people to evacuate their homes? Somebody please slap me and remind me that this is a tiny hole!