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As we unearthed the concrete floor, we also discovered the old dry-laid stone barn foundations. Those walls lead us directly to a real treasure: the 18 foot diameter cracked concrete shallow bowl that we made into a watertight 18-inch deep pool. Years later I bought a 150-year-old Danby marble wellhead from Cecil Buffam, a farmer in Rupert, Vermont and, with the help of a backhoe operator, set it atop four 12-inch-high stones I had placed on the bottom of this little pool. I set a small pump under the central hole and now water runs up through the hole in that four foot diameter marble wheel, just as it had over in Rupert for the last 150 years.

ABOVE: An unplanted pot and its associated clipped boxwood draws you to this entrance into our Spring Garden.