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.