Comments: Direction of travel

12 hours! The fastest I've gotten anything from Amazon is about 20. Once.

Approach the postie with your good humor, no matter his, and you'll be just fine. The high road. Then again, maybe you just don't get his type of humor... yet. ;)

And the extent of the gardens! That's a lot of material to be moving around. You can handle the honey! Stay well and safe travels south, BW and Mr.

Posted by Scoakat on 3 June, 2020 at 11:07 PM

Phew! That is a lot of work but worth it in the end.

Posted by delcatto on 4 June, 2020 at 8:29 AM

Rain? You've had rain? You're clearly not in East Angular any more. Dry to the bone here. I'm glad I have a septic tank and therefore water is not wasted to be pumped out to sea.

Posted by Z on 4 June, 2020 at 9:14 PM

Actually, it was 15 hours, thinking about it, Scoakat.

Rain this afternoon Z, and more tomorrow. But, given we are still not on the threatened 2.5 years ago compusory water meter here, there has been significant watering since our return. Our septic tank nourishes our orchard.

Posted by Blue Witch on 4 June, 2020 at 9:21 PM

Lots of rain here and much needed.

Your septic tank, is it a system to pipe waste to the orchard or an overflow system of some sort. I'm intrigued. I'm aware of reed bed systems to clean waste water but I can't imagine an orchard planted over the septic tank.

Posted by delcatto on 5 June, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Delcatto - the septic tank system is a Klargester, which is a huge round tank buried in the ground (hidden in a flowerbed at Coven Sud, on a hill in the next field at Coven Nord - only a manhole cover is visible at ground level), which is fed by the waste pipes from the house.

The waste is digested by 'natural processes' (microbes), the small amount of sludge waste left sinks to the bottom of the tank (so needs emptying every 12-36 months, depending on how well the system is working, and how many people live in a house) and the effluent water left at the end of the process exits the tank via spreader drains (which are way down underground in the orchard area at Coven Sud, and way down under a slight hillside at Coven Nord). No chemicals needed. No smell, no energy requirements. No upkeep or maintenance, other than emptying occasionally.

More modern systems are different, and require electricity. And often 'buzz' which would drive me mad(der).

Many people say you can't use certain cleaning products etc with a septic tank system, but I love my bleach (always have, the rest of the world has recently caught up with me) and a septic tank system working well doesn't mind that, as it is very dilute by the time it gets to the tank. The system won't cope with things other than paper flushed - but really no-one should flush anything other than paper down any commercial 'mains' system anyway.

I've spent more of my life in houses with private drainage systems than on mains drainage, so I really don't think about it. No-one would know unless they were told.

Posted by Blue Witch on 5 June, 2020 at 8:32 AM

Thank you for that explanation BW.

Posted by delcatto on 5 June, 2020 at 1:12 PM

Hope you hadn't just had lunch delcatto ;)

Posted by Blue Witch on 6 June, 2020 at 8:52 AM