Hoene Springs in summer green

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Comments (8)

♫ Swissmay on August 20, 2007

Nice you discovered this old hut, Ryan. I like them overgrown with ivy and other plants. A symbol that they yield only a fragment of time to our making use of them before they gradually grow into ruins and go back to nature again.

Ryan Calhoun on August 20, 2007

Thanks, May. But in fact this spring still provides water to all the houses in this neighborhood, of course filtered and pumped to a water tower now days. This house is out of the way and more overgrown than it used to be, but I don't think it will be forgotten any time soon.

Is the perspective misleading? I just realized...this whole thing is just over head-height, and the door is only about the size of a window. The only thing inside here is the spring bubbling up.

♫ Swissmay on August 20, 2007

Ryan, I think I judged the height alright. Interesting to know the use of it. I am quite ashamed of not having guessed about the spring, since it tells its function. ;-) But I didn't realize it was in use, though the good condition of the wooden parts prove it. The stones seem to be tuff stones and if they are from the area, it seems, the water will be filtered in the ground naturally as well.

Ryan Calhoun on August 20, 2007

May (or Margit?), Hoene was the patriarch farmer who discovered this spring in this valley. He settled the land for cattle and corn and hay. The crops must have been heavily fertilized (or maybe they didn't grow that well) because the only dirt is hard red clay, and not far beneath is a solid slab of rock. It's a mix of mostly limestone and sandstone, full of fossils of sea creatures with spiral shells (which I will photograph someday), and it makes it near impossible to dig any kind of foundations without blasting. These things probably helped influence Hoene's decision to close his farm and sell his land off for houses.

So I think this spring house is made of local stones. They look very similar to partially buried stones still lying all over the valley. (If you haven't guessed by now, this neighborhood is where I live).

♫ Swissmay on August 21, 2007

Thank you Ryan, for telling about the background of your place. It's so fascinating to learn about the world and people. When the world gets to know each other by their names and know what their places look like, we would all get more familiar with each other and feel more as neighbours then as foreigners. I love this possibility here and I am grateful for it and to all of you.

Your interesting description reminds me very much of the Burren in Ireland, I think, I mentioned it somewhere. I have just uploaded day 2006/07/03 to show you the landscape there with karst limestone and pure rocks and little fertile land.

Please go on telling, I could listen for hours, your neighbour May :-)

Ryan Calhoun on January 21, 2008

*Extra info, for anyone interested. There is not one spring, but a system of springs and wells, hence the name Hoene Springs (plural, not singular, the way it is misnamed on the map). This house was built to protect the original spring source, but today the water from this spring simply runs off into a nearby creek on its way to the Big River. The pump house in use today taps a well in the same water table, all naturally filtered through the underground limestone, and the water is sent to this water tower for distribution throughout the neighborhood. The water pressure in the pipes is excellent, and the water quality is as good or better than bottled water.

See also this winter view.

♫ Swissmay on January 23, 2008

Thanks for the information, Ryan! Yes, water of the natural wells is at least as good as bottled water. I only drink water of wells or the tap, which is fed by wells too. :)


Ryan Calhoun on January 24, 2008

A nice way to go through life, so long as you live near a well! :)

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