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Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Over the past few years rain barrels have become popular with both home gardeners and folks who are interested in water conservation. The south-including my area has experienced severe drought over the past few years too.

A month or so ago The Deer Hunter and I were cleaning up around the house-trying to get rid of stuff we no longer need or truthfully stuff we never needed in the first place.

The Deer Hunter used the blue barrel for water storage back in the day when he camped at a location with no water supply. After his camping situation improved-the blue barrel came to live under our front porch and became a favorite mud pie making station for the girls-it's almost the same height of a counter top. As we were loading the barrel on to the truck-one of us had an epiphany-why not make a rain barrel from the old storage container!


So we did. We've been having monsoon weather here-it's rained more days than not in the last 2 weeks. During one of the breaks The Deer Hunter installed the barrel. He diverted the gutter pipe into the top of the barrel; made an over flow pipe-which connects back to the gutter system; inserted a spigot in the bottom of the barrel; and viola we have a rain barrel! We were totally amazed how quickly the barrel filled with water. Our new raised beds are in the back of the house near the rain barrel-so the water will be perfect for watering those plants.

When Granny was growing up-they didn't live close to a suitable source of water for washing clothes-so her mother saved rain water to do her washing with (there were 9 children-can you imagine the washing?). I recall David Templeton writing about his mother and sister's using rain water for washing clothes-and for washing their hair. What about you-ever saved rain water? What did you use it for?

(To read more about making do in Appalachia please visit the Blind Pig & The Acorn)

Tipper

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