Hazel, willow, beef and storytelling from Bedfordshire

Let it rain

Rain water flowing into a trough from the roof, via a tank - hurrah!

Rain water flowing into a trough from the roof, via a tank - hurrah!

Finally we’re running on rain water and I’m feeling great about it.

It took ages to get around to sorting out the various stages involved in getting the roof of the barn connected to a massive tank and then to a trough inside. For the last few weeks the supply has been nothing more than a trickle which has been incredibly frustrating especially as all the recent heavy rain has filled the tank to the top – 6,000 litres of lovely, clean, free (sort of) water.

But now, finally, with a different, low-pressure valve, the water’s pouring out at all the right moments.

Together with a small solar panel on the barn roof which charges a battery and powers a string of low-energy lights, we are feeling good about saving a bit of money and making a small reduction in our consumption of resources.


  1. January 19, 2012    

    Wow! This is what I like to hear. In Vancouver we get so much rain and no one thinks twice about harvesting rain. Going green might be expensive for some but it should be a choice and it will save you in the long run.

    • January 19, 2012    

      Good someone approves.
      It will take decades to recoup the financial cost but I’m still feeling good each time I check the trough our young stock are drinking from and see that rainwater gush in.

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