... The tank's a filling.
Sorry I'm late with this blog everyone but it's been a hellish week. As I lay in bed last night with my head doing loop the loop over things that are going on I suddenly heard the rain - as in really heard it pounding down on the roof.
We've only had about four or five days rain since early November so this is gold from the heavens. This has been an absolutely superb summer in New Zealand, and even now in April I'm still wearing shorts and sleeveless tops, though snow is forecast for the coming week down south.
But the downside of no rain for lots of people in our area is no water in the tanks. There are many permanent homes and bachs (holiday homes) that don't have good water supplies so the water tankers have been a regular feature on our road for weeks now.
Luckily for our house, our supply comes from an underground spring way up in the hills and while it has got down to a trickle sometimes, it hasn't yet run dry. It can take a while to top up the tanks after lots of washing but I haven't had to ration water at all, unlike a lot of our neighbours. We have offered to do washing for others and anything else they might need water-wise.
The spring is in this far hill and there's nearly a kilometre of pipe from there to our property. We have to keep an eye on the pipe and the intake tank at the top as pigs like rooting in the area and can muddy the water. or sometimes the forestry workers will drop trees over the area and create problems. All part of the rural lifestyle.
Does a dry summer affect you in ways like this? I'm sure some of the Aussie Lovecats have stories to tell about water supplies.