But--it wasn't a paving stone. It was the cement top to a large sump buried in the garden. The cement top was not seated properly on the top of the well and when I stepped on it a shocking thing happened.
This little series of drawings shows it clearly. Here I am blindly stepping on the flat stone...
The stone tilts under my boot dropping me straight down into the well.
As the stone top flips it hits me in the chest and I grab onto it with both hands to keep from landing in the water. It all happened so quickly that I'm not exactly sure how it went. All I know is that in an instant I was trapped in the sump with my boots dangling into the black water.
My friends had to drag me out of there, after they figured out where I'd disappeared to. Fortunately my camera suffered no damage. My ribs and my leg fared less well; they both have serious bruises. It's now been three days since I fell in the well and I am still kind of shaky and sore. I think it may take a while for the bruised/cracked ribs to repair.
Now I have to say that when I tell people what happened to me I'm met with a combination of horror and giggles. It's like something out of a bad movie really. I was tempted to keep the whole thing to myself but I'm having to explain why I am mooching around the house feeling sorry for myself. And there really was no need to post this on my blog but somehow writing about it and drawing these little cartoons has helped me to process what happened.
It seems that the pond guys had not put the stone lid back properly and I just happened to step in the wrong place at the wrong time. Amazing what some people will go through for a photograph!