Little Mermaid in Upper Pond
Today I spotted a mermaid in our upper pond. She is the arctic variety known for their early season diving in our frigid northern waters. The pond was 48°F – quite comfortable for the northern Sirens.
The water coming in from the brick spring, which is about half way up the mountain, was 54°F.
In coming water from the sap house spring was a balmy 58°F after running through 2,000′ of 2″ black plastic pipe on the surface of the ground. The mermaid called that hot and frolicked in the fountain.
The water coming in from the nearby smaller springs just above the upper pond was 41°F. Just right for keeping food cold in the refrigerator.
So, with Hope’s First Swim† of 2013 we now we have the final winner in the Ice Out Contest of 2013!
She made the first guess of the closest day at or before Hope swam. Congratulations and enjoy your Sugar Mountain Farm Calendar, Sally!
Outdoors: 69°F/34°F Mostly Cloudy, Some Sun
Tiny Cottage: 68°F/63°F
Daily Spark: I suppose one could drink water, as a last resort.
†Actually, Hope went swimming twice today, since it was so hot and the pond so inviting, so this is both her first and second swim date of the year. The rest of us are waiting a little longer…