The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


5 October 2014

Rain chain to drain

Some weeks back, we found ourselves using some downpipe outside the workshop elsewhere round the house.  In its place, we had the idea of trying out a rain chain and so rigged up some old chain just see how it worked.  We could see great potential but it in order to direct the water down the chain we used a plastic funnel so the overall appearance was less than ideal!  A 3 year old granddaughter also saw potential but only for swinging on and pulled it down!  We looked around for copper rain chains but found them prohibitively expensive until we found an American company with exceptionally helpful staff at .  Well, to cut a very long story............we ordered from them and picked it up en route back from Alaska and Chris installed it just in time for the big break in the weather.  It works really well and we're very pleased with.  It's rather like a useful water feature that makes lovely tinkling sounds.  There is one drawback.........we need umbrellas to admire it in action!

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