One day my mom was mowing the yard and the next thing she knew, a hole opened up beside her threatening to swallow up her and the lawn mower. That may be an exaggeration, but basically the covering over an old hand dug well finally rusted or rotted through after who knows how many years. No one knew the well was there till then (the landlord's parents lived there since 1925 and never knew about it so it must be about 100 years old). For awhile my parents weren't sure what to do with it, considering all the big snakes living in it! They didn't want to just fill it up because what if the snakes decided to move 15 feet to the west and live in my parent's house instead?
If you can allow yourself to look past the snakes, the well was actually pretty cool. It was lined with rocks the whole way up and 42 feet deep.
Can you believe this is right next to the house?
After making some calls, my dad filled it according to the government's recommendation for pollution control - by layering chlorine, sand, dirt, bentonite for a plug and then dirt on top. As for the snakes... hopefully they don't come back and see that their home is gone and try to inhabit the nearby house!
Also this year my parents discovered another hand dug well out in one of their pastures. It wasn't lined with rocks or bricks so maybe the people started digging and then changed their mind. Who knows but the hole is big enough a cow could fall in! They've placed a temporary covering over it but will use the tractor to fill it with dirt soon.
The last pit for discussion is a little different. A few weeks ago there was a strange acting cow out in the pasture that would not leave a certain area. As my mom and dad came up close to her they found a natural hole in the ground (about 6 feet deep) with a spring running under it, that a calf had fallen into and his mother wouldn't leave him.
Dad assessed the situation while the worried mama stood by.
You can barely see the little white foot down there. The baby was down at the bottom and around a corner.
A job well done!
"Thank heavens! You need a bath, son!"
No more of that nonsense!