A different kind of spring


These cold mornings often have me wishing for spring.

On an icy morning a couple of weeks ago I went down to the pond to check the beaver trap and to cut some wood.

Our pond is fed by two creeks.  One flows constantly and steadily.  The other is more dependent upon the weather.

The pond was covered with a sheet of ice, but at the place where one of the creeks joins the pond, and where a tree had fallen in the water, I noticed something that seemed strange at first.


While the rest of the pond was still and frozen, this spot was gurgling and in motion.  After pondering it for a few moments I realized what I was seeing.  Beneath this spot is a spring, feeding into the pond and keeping this spot thawed.

I thought of the old joke about using spring water in car radiators, because it doesn’t freeze.

The creeks that empty into our pond are spring-fed.  An uncle once told me, with pride, that there are seven springs on that creek.  I can’t confirm that, but the old enclosure where the spring water was contained and eventually pumped to the farmhouse is still there.  I can only imagine how marvelous that invention must have seemed to the folks who had been carrying it up in buckets all those years.

Until recently, folks built their homes not be close to a road, but to a spring.

As spring approaches, I’m thinking this morning of how important the other kind of springs were to our ancestors for thousands of years, and how little thought we give to them now.

Love Wins

8 comments on “A different kind of spring

  1. shoreacres says:

    Springs are wonderful. Up at the place in the Hill Country, there were three, and they continued to flow even through the worst droughts.

    The cabin was built below the springs but up on a rise. After a couple of years with those buckets, the solution was simple. Dam the flow to create a small pool, add a submersible pump attached to a garden hose, pump the water up to a 50 gallon barrel in a tree outside the cabin and then let it gravity feed in through a single pipe and faucet.

    Is that uptown, or what? 😉


  2. Lynda says:

    I learn something new every day! Thank you for being today’s teacher on springs, and for sharing the joke about spring water. 😉


    • Bill says:

      I wish I could remember the whole joke the way I first heard it. I also wish I knew more about the springs around here. It’s interesting that something so vital can become so seemingly irrelevant in just a generation.


  3. Bob Braxton says:

    drink – living water


  4. I’ve always loved the idea of a spring. There’s something about them that almost seems magical.


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