I've only had to water our yard once this year, and it is already August. We've had plenty of rain, perhaps too much rain. One corner of our concrete storage cellar had damp spots already last month, and there was water in our sump pump at that time, too.
Today it rained again, and more rain is in the forecast for this evening. It might happen, it might not. This is Alberta, where any weather can happen at any time of year, where we've watched the outside temperature rise at midnight in the winter...visibly rise on the thermometer, and watched trees break due to the weight of snow in the month of May.
|I took this one through the rain on the window near my computer.|
|Then the rain stopped, so I went outside to get a photo of the water in our cul-de-sac.|
|Almost the same view as the top photo, taken from outside.|
|Taken from inside: our back yard greenery.|
We recently watched as several men with very impressive equipment—a cherry-picker (not to be confused with a machine that picks cherries) and a chipper (not to make french fries) and a grapple (which is not fruit juice) cut down the huge old birch tree next to the house you can see on the left of the first and third photos above.
Shortly after that, we were told by a tree-cutting friend that we need to hire similar equipment to take down our two big poplars because they've become so tall, with so many dead branches, that they pose a serious threat to our house as well as to power lines serving the neighborhood.
The rain stopped and through my window I can see another movie title (A Patch of Blue) to the southwest. Time will tell what the weather will do but, for now, our dog Lindy is glad there's no thunder.
|Truck with lift and (at rear) chipper|
Photos at right
|65-foot lift (which I call a cherry-picker)|
|Stump-grinder (at left)|
|Loader (which I call a grapple) lifts large pieces of tree trunk|