This summer has done nothing but rain. I haven’t watered the garden once this year – in fact, it is so water-logged that tomatoes fall off the vines still green, pepper plants are taller than I am yet refuse to set any peppers and the corn stalks are laying flat on the ground from having been beaten into submission by unrelenting torrents of rain. Not having a bumper crop of corn this year is not a big deal — but not having a driveway — that’s a problem.
Last Monday morning brought 2.5 inches of rain in less than an hour on top of about six inches from the previous week. Despite having a culvert and huge underground pipes installed to divert the water away from and underneath the driveway, this storm was too much for it to handle, and the driveway took off – down the driveway.
We’ve had small wash-outs before that Chris was always able to patch by hauling the run-away stone back up the driveway and tamping it into place. But this time, we needed a dump truck full of stone, the front-end loader and the grader (yes, I begrudging admit – the tractor came in handy). Chris is about half way through the process of spreading the stone, tamping it down and then grading it. And guess what — today it is raining, AGAIN. Fingers crossed that our driveway holds up and he can finish the fixing driveway on Monday.
I think we need to install sandbags before the next deluge! Otherwise, I might need a canoe to get to work.
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Wow! I’m so sorry summer has been a washout (sorry for the pun!) for you. I hope you have a much better autumn and a mild winter! You deserve it!
Thanks! I guess the good thing is that this is rain — can you imagine how much SNOW this would be. We wouldn’t be dug out until August!
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We are in Budapest currently & they are in dire need of rain. Our ship could go no further than Vienna. I am sorry about the rain & your driveway! Send some rain clouds over here to the Danube! (Now that we will be leaving soon) it is SO hot!
I’d be happy to send it. It just won’t stop raining. It’s been at it ALL DAY again today. Have fun!
So sorry Jeanne, in Malvern we have experienced great losses by our local farmers this year. Some tomatoes and corn survived but much was lost.
Hope Monday brings relief for you and Chris. Love you Cousin
This has definitely been a wet summer, and this evening a touch of fall in the air already! Enjoyed your posts from Niagara Falls. I love Niagara-on-the-Lake. Such a beautiful place.
Chris’ toys are proving to be more useful than originally expected!
If the monsoons continue and wash out the driveway, you might want to consider having it paved. That would also make it easier for Chris to plow if all of the rain we’ve this summer becomes an equal amount of snow this winter!
Can you imagine if all of this was snow. Here’s hoping for an easy winter.
So sorry for the beating you guys took. I have only one word….Asphalt
Yes, but… I like the crunch of the gravel when you turn onto the driveway. Not liking having to buy 40 tons of it though!