I descended down into the precipitous chasm below the house, just to see the land that is mine – the hidden land I will probably never visit again – and I found a clue to the changing water situation.
Nobody had mentioned this: an old pumping house in the valley, directly below the house.
Barbara: please can I have my Jean de Florette videos back? Or I’ll have to buy a new set on the internet. I really n eed to watch them again. I wasn’t joking when I said I watch them three times a year: and now I’m living the water story.
Here is the old (19th c?) pump which brought water up from directly below the house. The vineyard – “El Parral” – was only possible due to a water source, long since dried up.
In the struggle to save the remaining trees, the water is going to be the main issue. The water lorry arrives Friday. I have bought two lorry loads in August. Normally one lorry lastsctwo months.
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Sent them this morning… Cheers Barbara
Oh excellent Barbara, thanks! Looking forward to watching the Jean de Florette saga again in the light of the new water experience!
Water must be pumped up a 30-metre gorge. Whether spring or well, the 30-metre ascent is the challenge, and hence the need for a powerful water pump.
BTW Have you seen Jean de Florette?