Remember when I said the well was fixed? No such luck. Farmer John and the guys from the pump store spent most of Friday working on it, but did not solve the problem. We are again without running water. We will stay without running water until a new water well can be drilled and hooked up, hopefully next week sometime.
In the meantime, all the animals need water and it's our job to find a way to get it to them. The cattle drink a lot of water, even in the winter, and the little streams aren't running as much as they do in the spring and fall. So, we are hauling water bucket by bucket.
This little structure is by the back porch. It's covering the hand-drawn well.
Inside the little building is this pulley system. It's exactly what you'd imagine with a hand-drawn well. A bucket is attached to a rope, the bucket gets dropped down into the water, then pulled back up and the water is dumped into another bucket.
I think this old pulley is so beautiful. On Sunday morning it was covered with a thick layer of frost.
This is a picture inside of the hand-dug well. Notice that it's fairly shallow, three feet across and lined with stones. I can't imagine the work it must have been to dig and line it.
After two of the bigger buckets are full, Farmer John carries them up to the cattle trough to start to fill it up. I stay at the well and keep filling buckets. It takes about 3 of the well buckets to fill one of those big buckets. Eight or ten of the big buckets will fill the water trough. This is not our favorite way to water the cattle.
Farmer John is working on a better method to get water to the herd while we are without running water. If it works as planned (and let's face it, nothing much has been going as planned recently) we'll have some photos later in the week.