Drain clearance!!!!! Yes leaves, rocks, silt all blocking the drains and causing the road to get some very large puddles!!! So I am trotting off down the lane each fortnight adorned with my new wellies and a shovel and clearing the drains!!
The weekend before last James’ parents came down for the weekend, and stayed in the lovely B and B my parents enjoy!
We got a wealth of things done and now have a new outside light, electrically powered pointing out to where we park up when we arrive, expertly installed by James’ dad.
James and his dad also fixed the leaky tank in the hovel!! (See previous post)
Whilst this was going on James’ mum and I took a shovel and went off down the lane which had flooded and was a bit of fun to navigate after all the rain… On our wandering we had found the water pouring over the bank rather than down the pipe into the stream…..
Not having wellies I couldn’t get close, James’ mum bravely waded in with the shovel accompanied by the Labrador Bella who was over the moon at having so much water to splash in!! She located the drain and managed to clear the leaves that were clogging it. The vortex in the water once the leaves were cleared was immense!!! Once the water went down a bit, I could get close and cleared the rest of the leaves by hand and we moved onto the drain on the other side of the road….
This one was also invisible and had to be dug for….. This time through rocks and silt from the hillside, which had been washed down… The owners of the top fields have been digging out and clearing the drainage ditches and I think this was just the run off from that. All the loose stuff being washed down due to the heavy rains we had had! So once the second drain was cleared the pipe was once again gushing water in the right place!! Bella was a little disappointed though that her splashing pool had gone!!
Mental note has now been made to find myself some decent fat calf wellington boots!!!
James’ mum and I also found some more interesting bits on our wanderings and we have found that the drain cleared earlier in the year….
takes a good load of the run off from the hill out of the second stream!!!
Bella the Labrador was also pleased to find this water to splash in!!