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Friday, 3 August 2018

A Muddle of Hosepipes

I don't know if there is an official collective noun for numerous hosepipes strewn around the garden, but A Muddle seems about right.

On Wednesday evening it was raining steadily; not particularly heavy, but enough that all the tanks were full to overflowing and it seemed like we were wasting an opportunity.  20 minutes of messing around and getting a bit damp resulted in a lovely Muddle:

Both greenhouse tanks feeding into the first hose:



Being joined a few yards later by the vegetable patch tank, thank goodness for three-way connectors:



Two-way connectors joining every other piece of hose we own (and the temporary sun-canopy lowered because of the wind):



And Thursday morning the joy of a much improved water level in the Big Pond.







We created this beach area in June, but I haven't blogged about it yet.  It's the first time it has ever been under water.



This area is also new, it's where the paving slab path used to be and has never been "wet" before.



The three IBC tanks were mostly empty, and fingers are crossed for rain today to fill them up.  But if it does not happen, no matter.  United Utilities have lifted the hosepipe ban, although I would rather not increase the water bill any more than I already have done, but more importantly we have a full IBC tank in the Cottage Garden and the five 'domestic sized' green butts are full; the water from all of these can be pumped to other tanks if I need.





12 comments:

  1. You are very clever, diverting your excess water to where it's required, I did think of you when I read the hose pipe ban would not go ahead. Our tiny butts are full again. Your garden looks good.

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    1. Thanks Marlene, I don't know about clever - it was all a bit Heath Robinson but it worked beautifully.

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  2. We have a gazebo set up on the allotment for shade. Martyn gathered it up and fastened it to the centre of the frame as wind was forecast. Then after the rain he brushed against the gathered fabric and got very wet.

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    1. I'm not complaining about getting wet at present Sue, the water is so desperately needed.

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  3. When we lived at the smallholding there was always a trail of hosepipes around the place. Late husband was very good at moving water from the big sheds where we collected in IBCs to the garden water butts which I could dip into with a watering can to water the polytunnels etc.
    The pipes were a pain when it came to cutting the grass!

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    1. I don't leave the hoses down Sue, but on a smallholding I can see you would need to.

      IBC tanks are lovely things (grin) and definitely under-valued! One tank takes far less space than the five garden water butts but holds the same amount, and is quite happy to be disguised by a rampant clematis!

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  4. Just listening to rolling thunder as I type, the sky does look heavy so I hope it is more rain less rumble!! I would like the barrels to be topped up again - been using them with gleeful abandon since the last rain!!
    Have a good weekend xx

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    1. Is Moss OK with thunder or does it worry her? One of the (very few) benefits of Daisy now being almost completely deaf is that she doesn't hear such noises :(

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  5. Very welcome rain and I'm pleased the hosepipe ban has been lifted for you. Your garden is looking good.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, you're right, things are much better than they were :) Could still do with a lot more rain to really soak the soil, but at least we are not getting the heat that is predicted for London/South East.

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  6. Great use for your excess tank water. A muddle of hosepipes!! Yeah, that sounds OK. Our tanks get used in summer for filling our small pond too. I love your new pebble and beach areas around the big pond. Hope you get some more precipitation in August. Have a great weekend & take care.

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    1. Cheers Susan, the new beaches make a difference to how much we can see into the pond. it is all very well creating a wonderful tangled and undisturbed area for wildlife, but we'd like to see what's going on as well :)

      Hope all goes well on your travels and you get to meet up with everyone. xx

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