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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Happier now:)

Much happier now, over the past four days we have had some rain.  Not a huge amount and not constantly, but enough to make a considerable difference to the garden, if not to reservoirs and an impending hosepipe ban.



We had enough on Saturday that I ran half an IBC tank into the small pond at the front (with supervision, of course).  It looks much better and the shelves are now completely covered making it much easier for all the birds who use this for their daily bath.





The Top Pond had 500 litres from the tank by the vegetable beds, and another 500 from one of the greenhouse tanks, and we've had sufficient rain that all three tanks are now full again.  



The water lily is getting too big for this pond and we're planning to move it to the Big Pond in the autumn, oh goody, that will be such a fun job and I am quite sure no-one will get wet or muddy.



If I was confident that we were going to get enough rain to refill the tanks I would go to the palaver of emptying every tank into the Big Pond, which is still woefully low.  5,000 litres wouldn't fix the problems but it might help a little.  I will keep a close eye on the weather forecasts . . .

It's been a blessing not to have to water the net house as well as the greenhouse, although Daisy is not so sure.  On Sunday I put a coat on her when it was time to go out for an essential toilet break.  She took one look out of the door and sprinted back down the hall to take refuge at the back of her crate, scowling at me with a look of disgust which clearly said "you expect me to go out in THAT?  I am water soluble, you know".

And being the cruel, mean and heartless soul I am, I took her out anyway.




10 comments:

  1. The weather goes from one extreme to another! I'm glad the garden has enjoyed a good watering and hope you can manage to maintain the pond levels. It's been quite blustery here the last few days and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that our Sunflowers don't break.
    I hope Daisy has forgiven you by now. X

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    1. Blustery here too Jules, and I hope it is not spoiling Lily's holiday.

      Fingers crossed for your sunflowers . . . guess you have them well staked?

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  2. I was hoping you would get enough water, our butt's are full again, the windy caused a few small issues, I was watching our Magnolia tree, with the dry ground and it being in full leaf, I kept everything crossed for it. Its still blowy but not so bad and the sun is shinning.

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    1. Thanks Marlene, hope your magnolia is doing OK. Is it worth you giving it a few extra cans of water now your butts are full?

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  3. It is silly how quickly the dogs forget about rain! Moss was the same - the face said ... you want me to go out in THAT???? (THAT was light drizzle ...) she was marched out and came back a relieved and slightly damp dog!

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    1. Poor Moss, perhaps like Daisy, she remembers a time when she did not have a warm fire to lie in front of, and caring people to towel her dry when she came in.

      BTW, I was forcing Madam into light drizzle as well - nothing torrential!

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  4. We had much needed rain too which gave us a few days’ break from watering.

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    1. Do you still have five allotments Sue? That is an awful lot of watering.

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  5. What a weekend but thank goodness for the rain, very welcome it was. Seems like we may be in for another hot, dry spell so wise not to empty every tank into your pond just yet. Oh yes, Annie was not pleased about getting wet a few times either, she has a face that looks miserable when wet :)

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    1. I heard the same forecast as you Eileen, but right now it's raining very gently and quite windy. Not complaining!

      I remember you saying that Annie does not like getting wet, Daisy sends sympathy :)

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