Friday, June 6, 2008

and then the rains came...

...two inches of rain, ish.

Here's the North plot.  It's slightly lower than the Center and South plots, is the most compacted from construction of the cottage, and gets all the water from the cottage roof.  Glug.

Panning to the right we see the Center plot, which starts at about the cottage door there.  

Panning more to the right we see the South plot, which is less compacted and had no standing water.

Here's the Crater.  The five check-dikes we raked up the day before helped a lot but weren't adequate for the two-inch rainfall.  I counted forty-two washouts or about one every twenty-five feet on average.  I gave Flora and Mr. Universe each separate tours.  Flora figured there should have been twice as many check dikes, Mr. Universe figured they should have been twice as big.  Gaaah!  How am I supposed to get people with such profoundly different philosophies onto the same page?  As Dave Barry once wrote, it would be easier to get the entire city of Tokyo to wear matching outfits than to get any two Americans to agree on pizza toppings.


swallowtail said...

I love your blog! Especially the photos of the manure spreader! How cool is that? This all looks and sounds like an ambitious and awesome project. Good luck and loads of fun!

Paul said...

It seems to me that either twice as many berms or berms twice as big would accomplish the task. Many ways to achieve the same goal, and any or all can be tried.
Rather than seeing conflict, look at it as a plethora of ideas.

By the way, I very much enjoy the blog and the work you are doing.

Correspondent said...

Yes, its all about the ratio of storage to capture. That was supposed to be a joke, a humorously exaggerated reaction to a mere stylistic difference.