rain rain

don’t go away, its nice to have you to cool things down again..

Its been another crazy busy week work-wise, hopefully its done and dusted by the end of tomorrow and I can return to the more sedate pace I was previously used to.  Its also been a hot week, peaking at 39C on Friday, which was pretty warm given that my air con went pop again.

We’ve had a nice rain front blow in this weekend – much needed really as there has been precious little of it this winter.  Its been warm though – its 31 outside and pouring with rain right now – we have all the windows and doors open to try to capture some of the cool air.

I just went to the DIY shop for some replacement pop-up sprinklers for my reticulation – after a while they get battered by the mower and the seals start to go and they start leaking everywhere.

To you non-Aussies (or those without garden irrigation), pop-ups look like this

So I have 6 new ones ready to replace the old battered ones – that should sort out some of the dry spots on the lawn and also should stop some of the water being ‘wasted’ (it goes back into the ground anyway) with inefficient spray.

I just need the rain to stop so I can sort them..

I stopped by the beach on my way home as the sky was looking a bit interesting – and yes, interesting doesn’t do it justice – within 2 minutes, it was pouring down!

The rain has stopped again now, so I’m off into the garden to sort those sprinklers.

digging in the dirt

No, not a song by Peter Gabriel, but my own attempts at turning the back garden into a scene from Time Team.


Spent yesterday digging up the back garden to try to make sense of the irrigation system. First, I fixed the broken pipe and sprinkler – a five minute task made much harder as its not obvious in the shop which parts go with what. I got there in the end.

I now have an archaeological dig of a garden, complete with exploratory trenches. All I’m missing is a seismic survey report and some broken pottery.

So, I’ve randomly found a blue control wire (which I know is important, as I found it in another part of the garden and when I fixed a break in it, the irrigation started to work again), a solenoid valve (used to control where the water comes on from the main control station), doubled up pipes and also a vanishing pipe (is in one trench, but has vanished by the time it should have hit a second trench – where it goes and why is anyone’s guess)

I’m kinda resigned to the fact that I shall have to unearth the whole damn system before I know how it works. I have my suspicions (for the record) that the non functioning sprinklers are on a separate control station, but I haven’t found the solenoid valve that controls that yet.

More digging later and possibly some photos too.


Just put the spade through one of the reticulation pipes whilst trying to trace them across the garden so I can fix a few non-functioning sprinklers.

And gaffer tape didn’t fix it.