Many of the flowers in the garden are around a fortnight late this year. This possibly due to lack of water. During the winter Le Jaudy failed to breech his banks and there has been a lack of rain. This is the first time in four years, with no breech.
Here in Brittany, it does rain quite a bit, usually. We normally have to work around the weather.
This afternoon I have been continuing my repairs on the pond. The cat litter bentonite has a large internal surface area and absorbs a lot of water. It also becomes a bit like potter’s clay when wet enough. It expands and clumps. I rammed a biodegradable bag or two of it down the coypu hole and punctured the bags to let water in. Where I repaired the hole before there has been a bit of subsidence. A few wheelbarrows of dirt later and that has been filled. On the news several French departments are already worried about water.
I am reminded of Jean de Florette. It is a good job I am not trying to raise bunnies…
Tomorrow after buying some petrol. I will completely fill the pond to test my repairs. Fingers crossed there will be less leakage.
Last year it got very low and I started to worry about the fish. Mr Heron however was very happy.
If it is a long hot summer, there could again be restrictions. At the moment there is enough to drink.
I have broken the wood palette up into kindling size pieces and it looks as though we have six to eight weeks of kindling. Next while it is warm, we shall try to source a big batch of firewood ready for winter. I already have one shed full of home grown. In principle wood is cheaper to buy in summer.
We shall see how the year pans out…
The former owner told us we could take 5% of the flow of the river. But the prefecture can ban this, so we will stick to what they advise. Maybe we should wash the cars just in case even though it is not their birthday…
First pass guess is that it is going to be on the dry side this summer.
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