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Wishing The Winter Away

I have always found something to love about all of the seasons but today I found myself wishing away the Winter. SInce Adam died I have been keeping myself sane by trying to bring the garden back after years of neglect. It’s had to be step by step and there have been a few steps forward and quite a few back but I have persevered. I have grown things from seed and bought bulbs and roses and new containers. This week we have had torrential rain yet again and the pots have become waterlogged. The possibility of lowering temperatures means that a lot of my precious plants are at risk.   Therefore my desire for the speedy arrival of Spring. To know that the bulbs are sitting in the wet and the roses,that have shown such good growth since planting, are at risk is very daunting.

After the garden flooded as a result of heavy rainfall in June when I lost a lot of seedlings and young plants we then had a burst water main under the garden. The garden then became an excavation site and we were surrounded by water outside but had no water supply inside. Last week we had a burst water tank in the airing cupboard and then more torrential rain outside.

Update Wednesday 23rd November …..plumber here putting in a new cold water tank…rain stopped….feeling more positive….maybe it’s not the winter I’m wishing away……just the excess water. On a positive note the old water tank will make a great carrot bin down the allotment…. After all it already has good drainage holes.

Burst Water Main – Garden Update

Three weeks and one day later we have a new water supply pipe connected. Now I have to sort out who is liable for the cost of the many contractors involved. I also have to tidy the garden and get back to some sort of order before the winter sets in.

Sean and Deb took down two enormous trees from the side garden so we have to rethink that space too. They both worked really hard for a whole day. It goes against everything we believe in to cut down trees but this was essential maintenance work.

Water water everywhere not a drop to drink

On Monday 12th September I noticed a bit of water bubbling up in the strawberry bed. As there had been a lot of work going on in the gully at the side of our property I rang South Staffs Water to investigate. They arrived on Tuesday by which time the water was spreading in the garden. He listened in at the inspection cover at the top of the drive, promptly said, it’s your water supply, not our problem and promised to arrange for plumbing contractors to ring with a quote.

I was worried, the insurance cover I used to have through SS Water had been cancelled. I rang my buildings and contents insurers, making sure to let them know that three weeks ago SS Water had turned off the supply in the street to replace old pipe work. They said they would send out their own contractors to inspect. Late on Thursday two chaps came out decided that the leak was under my kitchen sink, turned the water supply off and left. Up to this point at no time was there any indication that there was a leak under the sink. They refused to investigate further as the electric plug to the washer was in the kitchen cabinet.

We then spent six days without water and late on Tuesday two lovely electricians came and disconnected the electricity supply under the sink. We still had no water.

We were told that the next stage was that on the following Tuesday someone would arrive to dismantle the kitchen units to enable access. That meant another full week with no water. I rang the insurers and said NO! After lots of distressing phone calls they finally agreed to employ a different drainage contractor for a second opinion.

This morning, Thursday, the second opinion was that the first contractors had broken the stop cock connection under the sink whilst trying to turn off the water supply. Therefore we now did have a leak under the sink but not along the mains pipe, at the stop cock. This was fixed with no fuss and the original leak is now being investigated. We still have no water as yet. Watch this space.