Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Sunday, 29 April 2012
Water, water, everywhere
This is the view from our friend's fantastic new house on the Somerset Levels. If I showed you pictures of the interior, then this really would turn into a Lifestyle blog, so I might save those for later.
All last night and today, a fierce (am I still allowed to use that word as a straight man?) storm has been raging, bringing down trees and flooding the roads. There is still a hosepipe ban in the area though, I believe.
Looking at the far horizon of this photo, you will see the famous...
... Glastonbury Tor, towering iconically over the town.
But hang on, what's that rather ugly pipe doing, going over the stream at the back of the house? Supplying ALL the mains water to the towns of Glastonbury and Street, that's what.
You would not think it possible that a pipe so small could supply that much water - until you accidentally knock the valve off it when you are cutting brambles (no, I don't know how either), as my friend did recently. That explains the brand new, blue thing on one end of it.
Apparently, the column of water spouted 60 feet into the air and continued spouting until an emergency team turned up to fit a new valve.
So blame her that the hosepipe ban is still in force in the area.