The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
Dutch allotments often don’t have a water tap. That’s a good thing. Ours is bounded by ditches or sloots that are part of the countrywide drainage system where water levels are controlled.
To help us water the garden we installed a pump.
The end of the hose is covered with a metal filter to prevent duckweed getting into the pump.
It’s been on a wooden stand. But the wooden stand after seven years is now no more. The pump needed another support. So this time the resident chef has built a new one.
He’s now working on the basic maintenance. The handle rises and falls lifting a flange made of thick leather or rubber. This creates a vacuum that draws water up into the spout where it flows into the bucket.
This flange can dry out or perish so we have to service it.
That’s our best helper on the plot.
a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, linguist, researcher, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about bilingualism, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...