When Hubby installed the water butt, he connected it to the down pipe (sadly there wasn’t one where we had originally intended to put it) and fed the hose through the gate jamb at the necessary height.
Sadly it lost its bottom again in the wind last night and was dangling from its hose across the back gate while the base was rolling around close to next door’s fence.
Hubby was able to put it all back together when he let Maggie out first thing, but it was obvious a better plan was required until it fills with water.
I couldn’t sleep last night, and when I heard the inevitable hollow ‘thwump’ of the butt losing contact with its butt, little ideas began filtering through my mind about how to secure it.
I came up with making a frame out of pieces of wood to house it or staking it to the ground, though I realised with the latter that wouldn’t necessarily be a solution in the winds that are apparent here as it would just yank up the stakes.
I eventually fell asleep around 3am only to wake again at 4.45, when I catnapped until 7, Maggie’s usual time to go out. Hubby said he’d do it, so I went back to bed.
He too had been thinking of a solution and thought to put wire round the bulk and secure it to the wall.
Getting the tools to do the job later, he came across a length of chain we’d purchased for something else and never used, so Ms Butt is now sporting a necklace which is bolted to the wall.
There were about two inches of water in the butt by then, so it shows it’s all working OK.
We’ve been to the garden centre today to price paving slabs and grow bags as we plan our Summer veg and garden. The birds and bees aren’t coming in because we are all green and have no colour, so I’m on the lookout for a bag of mixed bulbs which we’ll just throw into prepared soil and see what comes up.
The good news is that there are loads of buds on our roses and the clematis on our arch, which quite honestly I thought had died.
Photos taken last year when we first put the arch and clematis up. The butt is situated to the left of the smaller window.