It’s a childs Nursery Rhyme
1. Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day.
2. Rain, rain, go to Spain,
Never show your face again.
3. Rain, rain, pour down,
But not a drop on our town.
4. Rain on the green grass,
And rain on the tree,
And rain on the housetop,
But not on me.
5. Rain, rain, go away,
Come again on washing day.
6. Rain, rain, go to Germany,
And remain there permanently.
7. Rain, rain, go away,
Come on Martha’s wedding day.
8. Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day;
Little Arthur wants to play.
9. Rain, rain go away,
Come again some April day,
Little Johnny wants to play.
10. Rain before seven,
Fine before eleven.
11. Rain on Monday,
Sunshine next Sunday.
12. Rain, rain go away,
Come again on Saturday.
So you may have guessed, it was tipping it down last night with more predicted today. I needed just one more dry day to lop the top off the grass and my poor, tired, £40, 2 year old mower can snuggle down for winter. Then, apart from digging over the veg patch for the last time, that’s it outside.
Meanwhile, the second water butt is installed and hard piped to the first one.
So, if the damn thing hasn’t leaked as the connection was a tad hard to do, we’ve increased our water storage to 40 days.
Darn it I’ve just checked and realized the tanks are one inch higher than yesterday and that has defeated the down pipe take off point.
So today I’m going to get damp again. “LUVERLY!”
Only having enough water storage isn’t always foolproof.
Each year we have been hit by Russia in the form of freezing winds the media labelled as the “Beast from the East” and, although our tanks are on the West side, the garden temperature has clocked down to MINUS 25 C (-13F) on a number of days. The only problem would be how to use our 160 liters of ice Popsicle!
Meanwhile this year has been a dead loss for our vegetable growing.
Too hot, too soon, wet when it shouldn’t have been, and scorching hot burning the fruit, has left us today with no home grown veg whatsoever. However we are well stocked up on Elderberry. A good source of Vitamin C.
Our freshwater lake got infected with blue algae so, call me funny thinking if you wish, The ducks will remain safe this winter until it’s drained, cleaned, and refilled. That’s strike two if things get bad.
There are however the fen drainage ditches and they seem clear as they are free flowing BUT the only thing that lives and breeds there is swan. They also pass through farming country and now the growing season is almost done (yippee, no agri spraying for a few months), with sufficient rain to cleanse things, elvers may be eatable later on i.e. February to May. Having said that, I am VERY partial to white meat!
With £2000 off our fixed income, courtesy of the UK welfare system, that leaves us £8000 to live on. Add the loss of our home grown veg, fruit, and potentially no free meat, I can see us eating one heck of a lot of fish (the cheapest ‘healthy option’ in the supermarket freezers).
Or lots of three day vegetable stews courtesy of a few walks around the fields.
Stew day one, St-oup day two, and soup for day three.
Not forgetting the odd fat pigeon that accidentally crosses my line of fire as I test out this or that. So, it’s looking like double up our stock essentials. Rice, onions, garlic and potatoes. Spuds we’ll put off buying till way later when the winter crop is harvested and the price falls dramatically.
I’m also thinking about long lining.
Walking out and anchoring a long line of feathers at low tide returning the next day to see what the seals haven’t eaten.
Now there’s a thought, SEAL!
After all if one commits suicide on an extremely large feathered hook, who wouldn’t take such a gift home! Best bit about that is it’s way out of their breeding season so no danger to them sweet little seal pups. 🙂