…of ten years of rocks sliding in; and just dust; and evergreen needles. And stuff. The very bottom of the wintering-over pit is, well, due for a cleanout. And a lot of rocks have rolled down there over the years.This is the pond drained down. We’ve thrown towels over the particularly exposed water lilies to keep them wet.The draindown

And here is Jane, in waders and thermals, at 48 degrees, in the rain, cleaning out the wintering-over pit. She’s restacked the rocks on the rim, a hands-and-knees job, and the water in that pit is green.Jane in the draindown
She toasts us with a cup of what she’s scooping out—old needles, sand, pebbles—The gunk.