Curiously, the short diversion of the official ditch is not just discreetly on the pond side of the road - La Chaise property - but appears to run under the road because there is a hole also in the ditch opposite. We do not have enough knowledge of when and how the road was built or when it was adopted by the Department of the Dordogne as the D103. Speculation is fun.
|This is the Black Pond, complete with fallen cherry tree making a bridge.|
The road that goes past La Chaise may be a departemental but it is not very busy, thankfully. Still we wondered if pollution was the problem. The road is cleaned by the departement from time to time,mostly by cleaning the ditches. The time of fauchage causes little traffic perturbation but, many years ago, caused us great annoyance. The driver of the tractopelle was a little bit too proud of his skill. He came too close to our garden wall and down it fell. The property builder's fault, apparently, for not having envisaged 200 years ago that machines, rather than cantonniers, would clean ditches.
Actually the Black Pond must have been a major work of engineering when it was created. It is probably 60 metres long and at least five metres wide at its widest part. Depth varies according to rainfall and off take - by the aid of a floating pump it can be linked to the watering system in the fields below. And - just imagine this for a moment - the pond you see above was dug by hand.
|This curious structure is made of stones and has an insert for a handle on the top.|