Drought becomes personalised.
Although not as spectacular as the drought in the mid west, we too have been having it pretty dry. It has now got to 40 days and nights without a drop falling from the sky. Needless to say with our own well and a garden I have been watering every day, all day to keep the beds going, bugger the lawns! Unfortunately we are on fluvioglacial outflow overlying boulder clay. To the uninitiated that is one very, very thirsty soil that dries out all too quickly. Good for bulbs and that’s about it without constant adding of humus and water.
Well then! Yesterday being the beginning of our Bank Holiday (and sod all happening until Tuesday) what happens, yes, the well pump becomes incandescent and stops dead. American houses do not have holding tanks. No well pumping, no water, just like that, not one bleeding drop. As luck would happen a friend was visiting, he is the water man of the Nooksack tribe. So he and spousal unit set out to investigate. The well is so old and solidly built they could not get it apart. Nothing to be done until Tuesday then! Mass planning how to save the greenhouse, veg garden and potted plants, forget washing and showers! Serious panic but only on behalf of plants! Everyone else can drink wine!
Several hours later having organised all and sundry and alternate temporary supplies we were all sitting having a drink and mirabile dictu, the bloody pump roars into life! Spousal unit was nearly trampled to death in my rush to get to the greenhouse to water the tomatoes whilst it was flowing. It is still going, it must have overheated for some reason. We shall limp it along for a few days hopefully til next week and have an expert in pumps come and look at it from one of the dairy companies. Replacing it is not that easy, nearly all the pumps these days are chinese crap which I flat refuse to have in the place.
Trouble is with wells here you just get a bore hole not a real well as I had in Carms. There, when the pump went on the blink you just ripped off the well cover and chucked a bucket on a rope down, good for the arm muscles! It was a beautiful well all brick vaulted and good for throwing bodies down! (Must get in the inhuman and indecent!) For one teensy weensy second there I had real empathy for those that have no water supply in this world! (I must assure the Danish contingent that the sensation went away rather quickly with another glass of wine!)
More on the mid west. The corn crop has now been lost in totality in an area as big as the Benelux countries. Cattle are being sent to slaughter before they starve and next winter’s hay is all but gone already May I suggest that any that have the facility stock up on beef and.chicken. A lot of that feed corn was exported to the EU and Putin will not be willing to make up the losses except at a price. Meat is going to be very expensive come the winter. Unfortunately the third world is going to go very short indeed, if not starve, the only staple that is not in short supply currently is rice. What there is is going to be beyond their purse. Starvation is not a good form of birth control.
The world is now losing crops to drought in some places and an excess of water in others such as the UK this year, none of it bodes very well for humanity at the quantity we have thereof now. I’m sure most of you will remember in your history books of the ‘poxes and murrains’ upon the land in the time of King John? Well that was a time like now of extreme climatic fluctuation and plenty starved to death all over Europe.
None of its very good news, including my well! Great pity we didn’t sell this house earlier in the year! I just bloody knew it was time to move on.