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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Major Update on Boulder in My Garden

I’ve posted before about the large boulder in the back yard. I joked in that post that maybe it was a meteor or radioactive or something like that, instead of just being a great big boulder that they dug up when they dug my crawl space, and kindly left for me to figure out what I should do with it.

Well, now, as it turns out, this might be a special boulder.

A week or so ago, I got a phone call from someone at the Geological Service confirming my address and that I had this big boulder in my back yard. Then they started talking about seeing something on a satellite image of my yard. Apparently, they study those satellite images to find out more than we think, and noticed this boulder in my yard. What struck them, they said, was that there seemed to be some kind of energy coming from it. They asked if they could come and take a closer look, and I, of course, said yes.

I did ask them at that time if they thought the boulder was dangerous to be around, and they said “probably not”. I didn’t know how to take that, and so decided until they came to take a closer look, I was going to stay away from it!

They arrived the next day and brought with them some impressive looking equipment to take a closer look at the boulder. I was relieved that they were not wearing any protective gear or radioactive suits.

I took them back to the boulder and they proceeded to take measurements, tap it, photograph it, and, with my permission, chip off a few samples. I asked what they thought and with some excitement, they said they thought perhaps this WAS a meteor that had fallen from the sky, long before the land was farmed or developed, and that the force of the fall to Earth would have driven it down into the ground, where it lay buried until the excavator came along to dig my crawl space.

We talked about the neighbor also having some large boulders in their yard, and they were, of course, already aware of those, and that was to be their next stop. They felt like those boulders and mine might have come from the same meteor, that it would have more or less shattered on impact, sending pieces in all directions.

I also asked if I could take some pictures of them, and they said no, that there mission was still secret, and my posting pictures might compromise their investigation. That’s why I posted a picture of the boulder from last summer.

They said they think these boulders are from a meteoroid stream known as .... shoot I forget the name. I should have written it down. Anyway, I should hear the results of all of these tests around today, April 1st, also known as April Fooooools Day. If this turns out to be from a meteor, then it will be more exciting than the new plant I found in the garden last spring... I posted last year on April 1st about it.


Yolanda Elizabet said...

Carol, don't look now, but there's a weird looking creature standing right behind you. Maybe it traveled on that rock from outer space that landed in your backyard? Perhaps you'd better give those chaps from whatsit who came to check on your rock a call. :-)

Kathy said...

You just think the cute bunnies in your yard are earthlings. The rock was really their spaceship and they are aliens come to study your garden methods so they can devise ways to gain control of all gardeners. Happy April 1.
Kathy, the older sister.

Curtis said...

Maybe the boulder isn't a meteor but a probe sent by another planet to seek out new gardening methods.

Annie in Austin said...

At first I thought you were kidding, Carol, but on Google Earth I saw the pop-up flag in the middle of Indiana with your logo and "May Dreams' Boulder" on the label. You're famous!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

[Happy April First!]

Carol said...

Yolanda Elizabet... I was outside this afternoon and never saw those creatures, but I did keep looking over my shoulder!

Kathy... I do think the bunnies are smarter than me!

Curtis... I guess when I get the call they'll let me know if it turns out to be a probe from outer space.

Annie... Can you send me a link? I sure want to see that. LOL

I hope all had a great April 1st!

EAL said...

Good one!

sister with the homestead said...

I was fooled last year, but this year I was wating for it!

Happy April Fool's Day!

P.S. We picked up your Easter kittens today - they are sooo cute. The kids want to name one Bunny - they think that would be cute since that's what their dinner would consist of !

pmo3ws said...

Happy April 1st Carol, LOVED IT!

Pam said...

And Annie, they're advertising her boulder as a 'must see' for your summer vacation plans - and they link it to the Google Earth site. Perhaps soon they'll be selling pieces of the Boulder on Ebay... :)

Petunia's Gardener said...

All I want to know is if it made the plants in that bed next to it especially lush & productive. If so, will you send me some of the Boulder Dust (I'll trade it for my pinked peas seeds.)

Lisa Blair said...

Wow, what a neat surprise! Keep us posted on the May Dream Boulder. Glad to hear that it isn't dangerous!

LostRoses said...

Well, I knew your garden was special!

Crunchy Chicken said...

Great story! Unfortunately, I actually believed it. I'm such a sucker... too much Star Trek methinks.

Tricia said...

Popping in for Green Thumb Sunday ... hmmm not sure whether I believe this or not now given the day it was posted on. LOL If it is true that's pretty interesting!

Alyssa said...

I was with Crunchy Chicken and was believing it. I was going to tell you I thought these guys were scamming you - actually you were scamming us. I laughed out loud. Happy April Fool's. Alyssa