open crack in the bedrock
Saturday, October 26 2013
Gretchen drove to Boston this morning to attend the 18th Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, where she would be reading some poetry. She would also be spending some time with her childhood friend Dina, who would also be providing her a place to stay for the night.
Meanwhile I continued my newest procrastinatorial activity: the excavation of the west half of the greenhouse basement floor. After several rounds of that, I'd managed to excavate a bathtub-sized hole in the bedrock and had reached a hard layer of bluestone through which downward progress was no longer easy. In the process of clearing the last of the weaker rock off that layer, I revealed that it contained a crack running diagonally from the south-south west to the north-north east. What was particularly interesting about this crack was that it was about 3/8 of an inch wide and contained nothing but air. Normally cracks in the rock are filled with clay (and sometimes roots), and the fact that this one was empty suggested to me that it is an important water-carrying channel during periods of rain and that flowing water keeps it clear. I've wondered in the past how exactly water flows with any velocity through bedrock, and to actually see an open void like this explains everything.
I started watching television at around 3:00pm (starting with the season premier if Gold Rush) and kept at it off and on until about 6:00pm, when I took a nice hot bath. I'd taken a recreational dose of pseudoephedrine in hopes it would make me focus on the task of learning how to make a Lightroom plugin FTP a catalog of images to a server, but of course I never looked into that stuff at all.
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