Rain!

The gods have heard our prayers and entreaties!!

We now have rain for the first time in months. It just started as i finished draining the IBC so the timing could not be better.

I’ve actually basically run out of water for washing, there’s only toilet flushing water, so I was at the point of needing to go get drinking water to wash dishes which seems like an arse. The drought is over. Actually it is quite bad, in the back garden there are huge cracks in the ground, the pond is pretty much empty and the neighbour has been caning his sprinkler system for days already.

Let’s see how much rain comes! It’s only scheduled for an hour but it is quite heavy, it does seem to be the storm which was supposed to come tomoro. (Actually that happens quite often that the weather blows in earlier than predicted)

In any case let it rain!!

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health / drought

Since yesterday and my water post i have sprung into action. No good crying over spilt milk. I’m not sure if it’s really the water at fault but at least it doesn’t harm to clean everything out once in a while.

Seeing as stomach/intestine is historically my problem organ I’m quite resigned to my fate – it’s not like a doctor will help. But it does suck feeling like i’m going to chunder the whole time.

Anyhoo i bleached the water tanks, the 20litre drinking ones and the big rain tank. The IBC actually did have bloodworms in it, which is disgusting but not a health risk. Anyway, now they are all dead.

This does however pose a further problem, since we are now in a drought situation and of the two IBCs, one is broken and drained, the other is now full of maybe 100l of bleached water, so that is only good to use for flushing the toilet.

What will i do for washing dishes and washing clothes?? For clothes i guess i’ll have to start usinng the laundrette again. For dishes, hmmm i guess i’ll have to start using the bleached and cleaned water tanks, cycling to fill them up not for drinkign but for cleaning. Pfff seems like a faff.

For drinking well i’m going to switch to buying water or filling up new bottles. I’ve chucked all the old bottles out. That’s not too bad, i was already doing this anyway. I only switched back to the water tanks in summer…. probably shouldve cleaned them out then!!

Bad water?

Hmm so before i went away i was laid low by this stomach bug that made me feel bloated and a bit sick. It wasn’t particularly bad but definitely made me end up on the sofa not doing much active.

Then i went away for a month and it was fun.

Now i’m back again and have the same stomach bug. So what is it?

I suspect it could be either the rainwater tanks or the freshwater tanks or both having something in them. So i’m researching how to clean RV tanks today. A little bit of bleach should do the trick.

Although it could be anything really .. the market stall i buy at, the supermarket i use, the toilet, the cat, lots of variables….

Lasagne gardening

A friend mentioned in passing the lasagne technique where you put down card or paper and then the compost soil on top, meaning that the good soil doesnt leach downwards but instead is there to be growing stuff in. Nice idea altho my execution was shit and anyway it’s been so warm here probably it’ll dry out fast. I’ll try anything once though.


Got some luvverly compost


Look at them luvverly little growing beds


The mighty cloche is activated again


Clochecore – peas and beans


Yummy soils


“I thought you could eat lasagne”