Thick Clay

Posted by on May 19, 2018

I have no pictures or video. It was supposed to be raining all day but it didn’t. I’ve been wanting to give the clay pit a good stirring, so I took at shot at it, today.

I uncovered the clay pit and stepped into it. The best way to stir thick mud or clay is to use your legs. I churned the first 18 inches (45 cm) for a while, then I decided I’d try to work my way to the bottom (about 40 inches or 100 cm down). The clay deeper down was so thick I could barely work my feet down into it. Once I got to the bottom, I churned the mud around me for a while.

Then I tried to get out. Wow! I wish I had a timer so I could tell you how long it took me to work both legs out. It had to have been at least 30 minutes. There were times when I didn’t seem to be making any progress at all, in spite of a concerted and strenuous effort. I was both hoping for rain, which would have provided some lubrication, and hoping it would not rain, because my phone was sitting about 10 feet away. I knew I’d get out, some how, some time, but I’m sure glad I didn’t need to get out in a hurry. There is no way I could have done that.

It occurs to me that some people would kill to have that clay pit in their back yard. I rarely take advantage of it. Maybe I’ll spend more time it in this summer. I have a scene I’d love to shoot in it, but I would need a 2nd actor and a camera person to make it happen.

Sorry there are no photos. I just went out to do some maintenance, and it looked like it could rain at any minute. I didn’t expect to get in that deep. Maybe next time.

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