Pumphouse Rubble


Around back at the red pump house.

I don’t recall what these stones were gathered together for.

I am guessing either during clearing a nearby garden bed, or in anticipation of terracing another one nearby.

I like the way they have weathered and settled in to bedrock, just as the pump house is slowly doing the same.

Still called that even though the pump was removed decades ago.

The square of wood at the far end of the pump house makes me wonder if perhaps we used this a chicken coop when I was kid – a lost memory.



Olympus mju, Agfa Vista 200, commercially processed, scanned at home


4 thoughts on “Pumphouse Rubble

  1. Flat stones like those are useful for paving and edging and fixing low walls. Its not “rubble”. The square of wood would be a repair job to a hole where racoons were getting in. Old pumphouses sometimes get used for storing apples in the winter.


    • Hi Val – I know they are actually stored there for future use, see my response to Richard about the definitions of “rubble”. I remember that there were apples stored in there, and should have thought of the racoon possibility. Dratted creatures.


  2. This is not rubble at all! These are pieces of sandstone known as the Nanaimo Sediments, which are 60-100 million years old. See http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5759324-the-geology-of-southern-vancouver-island Whenever I saw one of these flat pieces of sandstone in the woods or on the way to the beach, I picked it up and left it here for repairs to the rock garden, patio, and driveway retaining walls. I was not the only one to maintain this pile of Important Rocks. “Rubble indeed!” said Mrs Tittlemouse. But I’m glad to see the rock pile immortalized.


    • Hi Richard, good to have the origin of this pile of rubble sorted out. I was using a different meaning of rubble than you are:

      rub·ble /ˈrəb(ə)l/ noun: 2: waterworn or rough broken stones or bricks used in coarse masonry or in filling courses of walls
      3: rough stone as it comes from the quarry


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