Sand Castles Under the Sand


For being a good sport (I hope) HERE is your very own personal post for the RDP prompt today!

For Ragtag Daily Prompt: Sandcastles

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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

18 thoughts on “Sand Castles Under the Sand

      1. Marsha

        They are both unique, for sure, and took years of dedication and alone time. It is so interesting to me that if a person dedicates themselves to a project and really loves it, and puts their heart and talent into it, someone will eventually notice. Even though that wasn’t the purpose of doing the project, beauty has a way of being discovered.


  1. Marsha

    I watched the video as well. This is so amazing and grand. It takes my breath and my mind away. Thank you for sharing this.

    There is an underground gardens along the freeway in Fresno created in the early 1900s by an Italian immigrant. Carved out of hardpan, he created rooms and gardens furnishing them with furniture of the 1940s I think. It was his home, but it was not nearly as extensive or elaborate, at least what is shown to the public, as what we see here. It is very remarkable, nonetheless. Here is a link to one of the posts. Scroll down to see pictures.


    1. lifelessons Post author

      Marsha, thanks for that link. What an amazing place. I’m dying to see it. I wonder what he did when it rained? I saw a post with distance markers on it. Was that to mark water levels? Surely not, as it looked like a room, not a well. Was there a drainage system?

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      1. Marsha

        When it rained, it went into various holding places. Most of the rooms were dry even if musty. In total, by his death in 1946, he had carved out 90 rooms our of his 70-acre plot of hardpan.

        Somehow he used the rain to irrigate his underground orange trees and other garden plants and bushes.

        He had an underground aquarium stocked with local fish. He had a solar heated water tank for his bath tub. I couldn’t find anything specifically about drains with a quick perusal of the book I have, but parts of it were open to the outdoors.


          1. Marsha

            Indeed, he was, Judy. He worked during the day, digging until he was 40, then retired to just work on his home. It was very self-sufficient, and he lived sparcely. After some research, I am telling a more complete story in my Wednesday Quotes post. I’ve included a link to your beautiful post that inspired it.


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