There has not been much rain of late and we have no ponds or mains water yet. Once again David (our tractor man) and Betty (whose farm David runs out of) have come to our aid. Twice a week we are filling up David’s 200 gallon (1100l) tanker at Betty’s farm (on the other side of the M4) and watering in plants on the Hill. Watering is taking up about one third of our time, though to be fair there are a lot fewer weeds as a result of the lack of rain and the water retention of the soil is impressive. There is still a good lot of moisture below the surface so the plants are doing well.