Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The wise man built his house upon the rock...





...and the rain came tumbling down. I will never, ever, ever complain about it not raining again. All our tanks are full to overflowing and are, in fact, overflowing and breaking tubes and going generally mad thanks to two days of HEAVY rain. Someone's been reading my blog...
The broken tube is my own jolly fault really. My marvellous measurements meant that we dug nice two-year-hardened earth away to put the tanks in at the east end and then realised that it was going to be too low. Instead of re-filling the space with rock or whatever it is in English (I know there's a work for it I just can't remember - the stuff you put down under concrete and all that) we just dumped the dirt back in and hoped it would harden up enough before the rains. Which of course it didn't. So the Eastern tanks have sunk slowly into their soft dirt as the water level rose - 8,500 kg is a lot of weight. The damage has really only been one T section of a pipe which cracked loudly this morning at about 6am but it's a bother to have to fix and the tanks are now about 10 cm lower than expected, thankfully that in itself won't affect anything too much. It has been a Lesson Learnt.

Apart from that, the photos here are scanned magazine pages from an article about Oscar and his (I quote) neo-hippy family. Neo-hippy? Neo-Hippy?? Journalists are so uncool.

lj

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Rain??

And you thought that it was the English who obsess with the weather... let me tell you something, when it only rains two days in five months (see RAIN! below) then you can't help becoming a little loopy about it. We are seemingly surrounded by invisible plastic curtains which don't let any of the torrential rains plaguing the rest of the country fall here. It's just in THIS area. Our water tanks have still got the foot or so of water from the last rain (singular - it was so little that it doesn't warrant the more serious "rains") and the dew forming on the roof every morning probably means that we get a centimetre more every month or so but everything is so dry. Even the oranges are small this year and the irrigation fellow who usually stops coming in September is still hanging around as we come into November. Hmmm. At least our washing still dries quickly I suppose...

Back to work and school and everything means that work on the house has slowed down a bit. We have ordered to glass and windows to go in the front face but apart from that and the parapet (almost finished) little is happening. We have to get our heads around the plumbing and electricity now. I spend hours gazing into space, trying to draw mental grey water plans and electrical installations. Haven't a clue what I'm doing but I'm sure it'll come to something eventually...

More another day.