This Is A New Spring That Is Pouring Out Of The Side Of The Hill.  It Is Coming Through The Root System Of The Giant Cedar Trees That Run In A Line Down The Hill.  I Did Not Know There Was A Spring Until We Dammed Up The Water And Created The Cross Hill Trench To Catch And Hold It.  It Is Also Linked To The Pond Through The Pipes So That It Naturally Overflows Out That Side Into The Trenches.

Envision Lake and the new springs

With all the great rain we have been getting, IH 10 is on the brink of going under water.  If we get the rain projected tomorrow, it likely will.

With all the great rain we have been getting, IH 10 is on the brink of going under water. If we get the rain projected tomorrow, it likely will. Update Tuesday…. it did not get that high again.

Here is the water we managed to hold back from the river to do our part to reduce the flooding down below us.  Always nice to be of some help.

Here is the water we managed to hold back from the river to do our part to reduce the flooding down below us. Always nice to be of some help.

It has been amazing to watch what is happening to Texas as we slip into the new weather systems that will take us into the next ice age. We are doing our part to show how we can hope to survive if we chose to go back to living relatively simply, using salvage to build with, and eating organic food that we can grow on site, if we can get that together this year. So far, the weather is making that much easier.
Squash, cantaloupe, beans, peas, carrots, onions, cucumbers, corn, radishes, and so much more seems to be taking to the mounds of earth we dug up like they were meant to be there.

For those who do not get the weather of the world…. please follow this link to one of the best guys on the web for seeing what is happening and knowing what may be coming with the weather. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ks2iSJ5Cp0

Here are some other shots of the expansive Envision Lake that now rests upon the space where no water would stand when I bought the land nearly a decade ago.

Here is a size comparison.  Big John, the Excavator, is over 15' high at the top of the boom.

Here is a size comparison. Big John, the Excavator, is over 15′ high at the top of the boom.

This is a new spring that is pouring out of the side of the hill.  It is coming through the root system of the giant cedar trees that run in a line down the hill.  I did not know there was a spring until we dammed up the water and created the cross hill trench to catch and hold it.  It is also linked to the pond through the pipes so that it naturally overflows out that side into the trenches.

This is a new spring that is pouring out of the side of the hill. It is coming through the root system of the giant cedar trees that run in a line down the hill. I did not know there was a spring until we dammed up the water and created the cross hill trench to catch and hold it. It is also linked to the pond through the pipes so that it naturally overflows out that side into the trenches.

You can see the volume of water coming out of the two springs in the side of the hill.

You can see the volume of water coming out of the two springs in the side of the hill.

Here is a great shot of one of the springs.  This should naturally limit the ponds height but we will still have other backside precautions so the dam will not blow out.

Here is a great shot of one of the springs. This should naturally limit the ponds height but we will still have other backside precautions so the dam will not blow out.

The New Pond is doing great with much clearer water as it comes from the fields next door, gets 26′ deep, and then meanders out the back of the pond to run back into the creek below and be taken out again for another pond still to come.

This is the part that is likely in the 20' deep range.  This pond will be able to handle fish as soon as can get some food sources in it.

This is the part that is likely in the 20′ deep range. This pond will be able to handle fish as soon as can get some food sources in it.

Here is the canal that meanders out the back of the pond, still well over 10' deep at this point until it gradually rises to walk out at the far end.

Here is the canal that meanders out the back of the pond, still well over 10′ deep at this point until it gradually rises to walk out at the far end.

May 25th envision Lake 1515

So here you have a look at the next phase of the project coming up. I am adding a shady lagoon swimming hole and extending the length of the treed peninsula by cutting the pond deeper along the side of the mountain.

May 25th envision Lake 1534

Here is the view down the canal in the gorge to Doughnut Pond.  It is being fed by the new springs as the lowest of the overflow ponds.

Here is the view down the canal in the gorge to Doughnut Pond. It is being fed by the new springs as the lowest of the overflow ponds.

Here you can see the canal to the circle part of the pond that is a good 150' away.

Here you can see the canal to the circle part of the pond that is a good 150′ away.

This is the trench full of water that is an over flow for the pond and feed the new springs.  It catches all the water from the roof of the TTH facility as well.

This is the trench full of water that is an over flow for the pond and feed the new springs. It catches all the water from the roof of the TTH facility as well.

Here is a view across the pond to the Gingered Swan and Heaven.  Heaven was supposed to have been delivered a couple weeks ago to a spot that just went 10' under water in the floods on Blanco river that have taken out many houses and killed a dozen people already known of so far.  It is sometimes a good thing that things are delayed.  This is a great example.

Here is a view across the pond to the Gingered Swan and Heaven. Heaven was supposed to have been delivered a couple weeks ago to a spot that just went 10′ under water in the floods on Blanco river that have taken out many houses and killed a dozen people already known of so far. It is sometimes a good thing that things are delayed. This is a great example.

So thank you for your visit to Salvage, Texas. We will be offering up full access to the ponds and common areas for anyone who decides to invest in one of the probable 12 acres I am going to offer up in June for a limited buy in to the town of Salvage, Texas. Hopefully some people with permaculture, music, artisan, and market backgrounds will choose to come, be part of Salvagefaire’s studios, market, and restaurant as well as the development of a model that others can hopefully copy all around the world.

Thank you for your input and hope you get a chance to come to one of the tours, spend a night in a Tiny Texas House and see what we can do with our imagination and a desire to create sustainable alternatives for the generations that will follow us and may not like the standard model of the American Dream that seems to have failed for the most part. Hopefully that will mean we do it different the next time. Till later, stay warm, pay attention to the bigger picture, and make your move now to a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle before you face perhaps not having one you like at all.

Darby