Speaking of the pond that covers over in winter to skate upon. Little off topic, my bad, but a little story must be told.
We live on five acres. The front acre or so has a deep ravine running along it. Very deep. Along the sides of this ravine are tall cedars and big leaf maple. (some will recall the posts about the ravine, if you are interested, do a search in my profile for "ravine", interesting pictures in there). This ravine has a small stream that runs all year long, summertime, merely a nice place for the kids to do some crayfish hunting, the deep pools are intriguing).
Many years ago, (prior to 20 or so), before we moved here, there was another family, which had 8 children. In those days, so long ago, children played for most of their lives out-of-doors. The Uncles of these children had taken on a massive job and had built a small road down to the more shallow part of the ravine. It was here that they brought an old truck, along with stuff to make concrete, to make a dam. In those days, too, there was not the concerns as there is now, about "diverting" waterways for fish travel. The men worked hard (this was a story I had heard from the previous owner, now passed to the other side) to build a small concrete wall, dam we will call it. They left of course some room, somehow, for the water to still carry through. The ravine area was flooded, but a controlled flood and this was made into the neighbourhood skating park. For the children that played in this ravine, so many years ago. The dam is long gone, but parts of it still remain, I have seen it.
This ravine since we have lived here, has been the source of much enjoyment for many children that have lived here, along with adults too 8-) :) :) :). We play in this ravine too, it takes us back to the feelings of what carefree life was all about, when we were children... Why not, it is a place of quiet, coolness in the summertime, a place where one could only feel like time has stood still. The children have made great swings in this ravine, a zip swing too was made, by the Father of one of the children. It goes from one side of the ravine to the other, a rather scarey thing, in my eyes, and I would never try it, but the other big rope swings have been wonderful 8-) 8-) 8-). Yes, things that I would do all day long, if I could play all day long, and sometimes, I do play all day long. I have never thought of any work around my farm as work -- nothing but playing with the gardens, the weeds, the bees, the chickens and the rocks 8-) :) :) :). Just some thoughts of a ramblin' gal, off to have that wonderful day, and wishing the most wonderful day for all my forum friends, to love and live, and share.....with health. Cindi