Joep decided that Gert and himself were to clean out the borehole at Klein Skrijpan.So off they went with their meagre tools : a pulley , long rope , a few spanners , a scoop ( bailer ) and a clamp.The boreholes were deep some of them in excess of 300 metres ( many people jokingly said they did not drill deep , they drilled far ).The donkeys to do the pulling would arrive later and the two of them were in the meantime to do the preparatory work.This done ,they awaited the donkeys, then Gert came up with the bright idea .The two of them should in the meantime start extracting the rods. Joep was not so sure but Gert said Joep must realise he being Gert is big and strong and it would not be too difficult. He explained his plan . He would tie the rope around his waist and Joep could do the clamping and releasing and together they could then pull up the rods.The plan seemed to have worked well for a while and then disaster struck.The rope slipped at the pulley and the rods fell down the borehole ,dragging poor Gert from more than 100 metres away . Imagine the comotion .Gert's paces were becoming longer and longer , His eyes wider and wider and wider , his face paler and paler and his shouts louder and louder and louder ,as time went by very fast.Gert tripped and his trousers got ragier and ragier as he was pulled through the scrub.Joep was at the borehole and he grabbed the rope running down the borehole . The rope grabbed Joep's trousers and nearly denuded him.Fortunately the rods hit bottom before poor Gert could be pulled up the windmil and everything came to an abrupt , dusty halt.When the dust had settled and they realised they were still alive ,they started comparing bruises , cuts ,abrasions ,aches and pains ,no one really saying much . . . . . . . . then there was giggle then a snigger and then roaring laughter . . . . . . Eventually the mechanised extracting (donkeys ) arrived and the clearing of borehole no 13 continued.
I participate because I care - CUSTOS NATURAE
Convenor of the AIKONA Group.
No to Hotels in and commercialization of our National Parks.
Done 141 visits to National Parks.
What a wonderful privilege.