Monday, April 1, 2013


Water VI

three sets of guttering on one roof
During our renovations we planned to direct all the rainwater from our (extensive) rooftops and possibly from the threshing floor as well, into a large water tank. This water would then be used for the garden and vegie patch. The system is ready but the tank has not been installed yet.

copper guttering and downpipe

tallest downpipe

The waste water instead flows into an Imhoff tank more info here which is a sophisticated septic tank. The liquids are then dispersed along a porous tube underground some twenty metres below the tank.

how it works

our gorgeous Imhoff tank

Thus ends the water cycle, not perhaps in glory, but certainly in nature!

For a bit of uplift, here is Robert Frost:

The well was dry beside the door,
And so we went with pail and can
Across the fields behind the house
To seek the brook if still it ran;

Not loth to have excuse to go,
Because the autumn eve was fair
(Though chill), because the fields were ours,
And by the brook our woods were there.

We ran as if to meet the moon
That slowly dawned behind the trees,
The barren boughs without the leaves,
Without the birds, without the breeze.

But once within the wood, we paused
Like gnomes that hid us from the moon,
Ready to run to hiding new
With laughter when she found us soon.

Each laid on other a staying hand
To listen ere we dared to look,
And in the hush we joined to make
We heard, we knew we heard the brook.

A note as from a single place,
A slender tinkling fall that made
Now drops that floated on the pool
Like pearls, and now a silver blade.
our tinkling brook in early spring

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