This afternoon we worked outside on more tornado clean up. It finally quit raining on Thursday evening, so we can finally start to do a few things.
We finished hooking up the post hole digger on the tractor. I went to fed a bale of hay, then noticed part of the post hold digger had come off. It took us 45 minutes to locate the part that fell off (luckily I realized it so drove the tractor back to the house taking a different route, so I would not run over it).
So, we put the part back on and started in on fence work. We took down the remaining fence and moved it all aside. Most of it we can reuse, but one section I think is not usable. Then, we had to pull up the t posts. We used the tractor front loader to pull them up. I thought after all the rain they would have come up easier than they did. We originally put this fence in with t post, because we were not sure exactly where we wanted it. This time, we moved it back some and now we know this is where we want it, so we are putting it in with wooden posts this time.
We dug our hole and set the first post, then we went to the other end and measured back and to set the corner post. Then, the fun started. As soon as the auger came out of the hole, I went to measure it to see where we were at. When I looked into the hole, it was rapidly filling with water. I looked 3 times, still more water coming in. I told the husband he better get out of the tractor and come look at this. I think he thought I found a snake or a body, because at first he did not want to get out. Yep, we had hit water. Not a water line, just water. Water at 4 feet. 50 yards away is our well, which they had to drill 80 feet to find water. When they dug the well, they told my husband that they had hit an underground river. Not sure if this runs into that or what. But, water at 4 feet was not what we were expecting to find. It was literately bubbling out of the ground and into the hole. We put the post in and out of it several times to mark how high the water line was. The last time, it was up 7 inches. I am thinking this may be a good place to put a willow or birch tree, since they like the water.
Even weirder, was, as it was filling up with water, these little tiny crawdad things came out of the dirt and started swimming in it--3 of them. Our farm has several springs on it, I think this must be another one. Wish it had been oil, or gold, or even a buried box of money (this is Jessie James country after all, maybe the outlaw did forget where he hid some?) At least if there is a drought, we know where to find more water.