Earth’s Eye

We never know the


worth of water till the well is dry.”
~Thomas Fuller, 1732

Maybe Eli (dad of Hannah, 1st grade) was think­ing along these lines last summer, when he decided to adopt our poor, forlorn, empty farm pond. Eli single-hand­edly hauled several tons (liter­ally) of rock, concrete and brick out of the pond, removed the old liner, smoothed out the bottom, and added a layer of sand and a new, sturdy liner. Then, we turned the pond over to the Purple Peli­cans, who, in light of their Coast­lines and Commu­ni­ties” theme built us a new coast­line of cattails, papyrus and water lilies. The pond is back, and already it is a magical and serene spot.

A lake is the landscape’s most beau­ti­ful and expres­sive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”
~Henry David Thoreau (King of the pond, after all)

Thank you, Eli, for giving us the benefit of your hard labor. The chil­dren are drawn to our pond like a magnet– watch­ing, study­ing, and wonder­ing. Gazing into earth’s eye.

–Barbara Ayers, Farm Manager