Yes ... this morning we awoke to a gushing stream of water streaming down the hill that's our front yard.
No ... we don't usually have a stream in our front yard unless it's the middle of a terrific 'wet' season and there's been a few days or weeks of torrential rain. While we've certainly had rain nearly every day for around a month and a half now ... the torrential downpours ended around the end of February.
Therefore the aforementioned stream of water didn't come from the heavens this time .. no, it came from a busted water pipe!
As we live in an outlying rural suburb and our property is basically bedrock, our council-supplied bore water comes onto our property through large black, high density polyethylene pipes which sit just above the ground. If you look very closely at the following photo, you will see the large black pipe sitting at the back of the driveway garden bed ... right up against the fence.
Of course, as this pipe ages, it cracks and we often find the leak a day later ... our property is not huge but fairly large which means we don't always know what's going on in every corner.
This morning however, when we awoke we could hear the noise of the enormous gushing fountain of water and the evidence of water flowing down they yard confirmed our suspicions. It wasn't just a leak ... it was a gargantuan walloping great cavernous hole! ... and of course, it was located in a hard to get to spot .... behind an enormous poinciana trunk and a clump of bougainvillea up against our property fence!
So ... first job was to ring work! Hi ... not turning up this morning unless you want some grumpy old woman who hasn't showered, brushed her teeth or had her vital early morning cuppa ... (because someone - won't mention names! - forgot to fill up both water containers in the fridge) ... scaring all the kids!
Next job ... trim back the bougainvillea. Yeaaaaahhhh! So much fun!!!! IS there a more fun job than trimming back loads of thorn-infested branches that seem to have a mind of their own ... no, no I think not!
While this was all happening, hubbie raced into the city to find a hardware shop that has large black irrigation pipe. Guess what! Two shops didn't have any!!! So it was onto the next one. Now a round trip into the city usually takes about an hour at the best of times ... this trip took over two! Wife back home was not happy ... still hadn't had her morning cuppa! ... and she hadn't been enjoying her rumble in the jungle with the bougainvillea!
Well ... four hours later and the job is done! Two very, very grumpy people are sitting out on the verandah having a life-saving cuppa or two ... or four! ... pondering on the amount of the excess water usage bill that will be part of our next rates notice! Aaahhh ... the rural lifestyle ... there's a lot to be said for living in the city!
On a lighter note ... the sun came out this morning and it's been a glorious morning for those who had the time and the mood to appreciate it!