Rain Prevention Talisman

After an extended quest to obtain materials, determine sacred geometries, and prepare instruments of power, I have crafted an enduring artefact that prevents rain from falling upon my house.

Yesterday morning, before my wife and I wrought our work, the weather forecast for my area was thunderstorms with a 100% chance of rain for every hour throughout the day. This morning, after yesterday’s efforts, the sky has been silent and pale, the ground dry. By one feat, we have driven back the tempest itself!

A waterbutt connected to a downpipe
©Dave Higgins – CC BY NC SA

I refer of course to having connected a water butt to my guttering.

After spending a reasonable chunk of yesterday afternoon carefully measuring, drilling holes, removing sections of pipe, and assembling seals, I was looking forward to a day of heavy rain to confirm the splice into the downpipe both directed water into the butt and didn’t leak. However, as is the way of such things, wanting rain has caused the rain not to come.

Fortunately, the rain in England is too avid to hold for long so I need only wait awhile rather than climb onto the roof with a watering can to run the test.

5 thoughts on “Rain Prevention Talisman

  1. That’s quite a streamlined fixture there, Dave! It seems water butts have always been a thing in the UK. Here in Canada they’re called “rain barrels” and have become sort of fashionable only in the last couple of decades. In my area, they make sense only for a few weeks in May and June when they’re actually filled by rain and the water is needed in the garden. It rains very little here in July, August, and most of September. Most of our rain comes in the winter. I drain out my barrels at the end of September and funnel the water from the roof into the garden pond. During the summer I generally fill my barrels with the hose and dip water out with the watering can; it’s faster for daily watering sessions.


    1. The plumbing has vastly improved since I was young: I can still recall chunky mechanisms for manual switching between downpipe and butt.

      Britain is a nation of rain, so there are usually enough days of rain to refill butts between sunny spells where the garden needs watering; especially if one has a reasonable-sized butt on every downpipe

      Our aim in installing butts is to reduce our usage of mains water for environmental reasons rather than have easier access to water; however, I can see how it would avoid the need to carry cans back and forth to a tap.

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