For Our Next Trick

It rained all day yesterday, and all night, and this morning we woke up to thunder and lightning and a bit of hail. And a moat.

This is the area by the driveway yesterday afternoon:

Not as much water

When Rosie and I went out this afternoon, it has entirely filled with water, 8 inches deep in places.

Front gate with dog

From the back yard:

Front gate, other direction

There's no way for the water to drain out right now; at some point we'll put in perimeter drains and dump them to the street, but right now we're really more concerned about the water under the house, which is pretty OK; the sump is running every 20 minutes or more, and the water flow is the same as yesterday. I figure that it's hard for the water to work itself down through all that compacted sand, since I can't even dig in it, myself.

It is pretty profoundly wet outside, though. This has totally ruined my plans for hauling more bricks this weekend and doing more cleanup.


I love how it looks like the flower pots have taken refuge on the gravel. I put them there before it started raining to get them out of the way for my grand gravel project.

Back wall

The dogs, of course, love the rain. They think we should keep a moat around the house all the time, and add extra mud in as they track it around the house. The funny thing here is that Rosie had just lain down in a muddy puddle and is utterly filthy. But boy, Goldie sure does look dirtier than Rosie, doesn't she? Never go out in the mud in light colours.

Wet wet dogs

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posted by ayse on 12/18/05


Your dogs are beautiful. They made me smile. I have a black lab with red collar that has a small scar on his nose similar to one that might be on your doggie's nose.

Heh. Rosie doesn't have a scar: she's just really, really dirty. That mark on her nose is a smudge of sandy mud, because she was sticking her face in a muddy puddle and blowing mud bubbles. You know: being a dog.

And yeah, they are great dogs. They put up with all kinds of chaos in the house without a fuss, and when I'm frustrated by a weekend of not being able to work they make it better by having so much fun in the flood waters that I can't stay irritated.

This reminds me that I ought to fix these preview and comment pages. What a mess. Sorry about that. Edited to add: I fixed the weird preview template, so now commenting should be a bit less hairy. Enjoy!

Note: We're getting pummeled with spam comments, so I've turned off the ability to use any HTML or include any links for the time being. Email with any issues.

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