Good cess to natural drainage, bad cess to pesky wildlife

It’s raining. Since we are apparently in the grip of a drought, this is nothing to grumble about and besides, English weather is fascinating in its variety. We do not really enjoy steady, settled weather, whatever it is as, although we still discuss it all the time, there is nothing new to say.

We are still considering what to do to conserve water and I am extremely pleased because the Sage has decided that the old well shall be put back to use. It used, many years ago, to provide all the household water but, though the remnants of the pump are still there, it has not been used for a few decades. However, plans are afoot to pump water to a storage container by the kitchen garden so that I will be able to water the greenhouses. I trust that I will not have to pump the water by hand.

At least we do not waste used household water as we are not on mains drainage. It depends on where you live and your natural drainage, but I puzzle, as we don’t have enough water in the south-east of this country, that it is still all piped away and not returned to the soil. A good septic tank is a wonderful self-regulating thing. Ours has never needed to be emptied in the 20 years we have lived here. It was, in fact, last emptied in 1981 or 1982 and has caused no problem at all; we check it periodically and it is never more than half full. It quietly digests its contents and the water drains away through gravel (well, I presume through gravel).

Al is annoyed because he sowed grass seed a few weeks ago and since then his new lawn has been visited by a hungry bantam and a pheasant, tunnelled by a mole and, now it’s growing nicely, being nibbled by a baby rabbit. None of them is particularly afraid of him although the bantam took the hint and went home when he stopped supplementing its diet with worms. He caught the mole, alive, and took it to the other side of the river (over three bridges) where he hoped it could not return, but now another mole has taken its place. He was talking darkly about borrowing an air rifle last night. He is – or was a few years ago – a very good shot, but I doubt it will get further than muttering.

Al’s problems may be over! In the unlikely event that this MOLE CATCHER works. And the link too come to that.

5 comments on “Good cess to natural drainage, bad cess to pesky wildlife

  1. How do we know

    Hmm… i didnt know u were in the middle of a drought.. but rains is usually good news 🙂
    How have u been?
    And, am very curious: Who is the Sage? pardon my ignorance..

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  2. Z

    Hi howdoweknow. It is an English drought, which just means that there has been a relatively dry winter. We call anything over 20⁰ C a heatwave as well, but the government is quite capable of referring to a drought even after weeks of rain as it gives them an excuse to nag us about being wasteful.

    The Sage is my husband, because he’s even older than I am and very wise.

    Hope you’re completely better now. All’s good here,thanks.

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