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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Rain Barrel Fountain



We put a rain barrel beside my flower garden over the weekend.
The garden is shaded by a crab apple tree that prevents most rain
showers from properly soaking the ground, so we have a soaker hose
 hooked up to the barrel and running under the mulch.
We thought it would be fun to get the barrel with a fountain on the
top.  I knew the birds would find it and since it's just under a window,
I have a nice up close view of the drinks and baths.
It's 86F degrees here today, so I'm sure it feels wonderful!
This little lady eventually dove right in!


45 comments:

  1. How fun. I'm looking forward to seeing lots of great closeups of the birds taking a dip.
    That's a great idea for giving your plants a drink.

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    1. Yeah, I think it will work really well...I'm excited. That garden didn't do
      well last year and every time it rained I would think I didn't need to water
      but it was actually still dry!

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  2. Hoe interesting . . . . something else to watch . . . and opening up even more photo opportunities . . :)

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    1. Yes, I like that fountain on top...sounds charming, too.

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    2. Nothing like the sound of running water . . . very therapeutic. When I was a lad (in 1485 lol) my dad built a goldfish pond and a waterfall in our garden. I spent many happy hours there . . :)

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    3. That sounds wonderful. I'd love to have a little pond on our yard!

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    4. When all the jobs are out of the way I'll come and build you one. . . . you can be my labourer . . . and supply me with cups of tea and cookies . . . lol
      Have a lovely day . . :)

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  3. Like it! Very inventive of you.

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    1. I like it, too! Good for the flowers and the birds!

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    2. Nice idea! And already put to good use too. Win-Win!!!

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  4. That is the prettiest rain barrel I've ever seen! And what a great thing for your birds!

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    1. I know...I'm surprised. I didn't know they made pretty ones! haha.

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  5. Brilliant !
    So pretty and the birds will enjoy so much.
    ~Jo

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    1. I might be more excited about the birds than I am watering my flowers! haha.

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  6. Look at you go
    With the water flow
    Giving the birds some cooling off
    Sure for a drink the cats won't scoff
    Hmm a one stop shop
    Food and water for the crop
    Whoops, sorry birds
    Out popped the words

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    1. I've been waiting for a cat to hop up for a drink
      maybe they're waiting until their thirst is on the brink.
      I'll be sure to get a picture of it though
      so you bloggers will be the first to know. haha.

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  7. Cuteamous! Great idea, too!

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    1. I sure am enjoying it...and the sound is wonderful.

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  9. Love the sound of water - great idea. It will be fun to watch the inevitable shenanigans.

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    1. I can hear it in the kitchen even with the window closed! ha.

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  10. Hi Betsy - gosh it's positively freezing here! But what a wonderful idea - and I'm sure your little critters will love it - bet the cats get there too?! Brilliant placing under your window .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Freezing? Goodness....don't you all know it's spring? haha.

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    1. They really seem to be enjoying it...no kitties on it yet, though.

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  12. A nice addition to the garden. I have a neighbor who has a fountain and I always stop and listen to the water when I take a walk.

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  13. Oh I love it!! We just put in a pond but it isn't really accessible for small birds. Your fountain is perfect.

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    1. Oh, lucky you! I love ponds. I'd love to have a koi pond!

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  14. Hey that's a neat idea, and really cool to be able to watch from the window.

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  15. Oh how cute. I love the movement. I'm with Sue....lots of pictures in the future of the splashing and bathing.

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    1. The birds are a little leery of my camera through the glass...haha...

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  16. It is a beautiful basin Betsy! When the heat of the summer kicks in it will give freshness not only to the birds but to you as the watcher too ...

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  17. Is the idea that you'll be relying mainly on rain to keep it full or will you need to fill it up on your own from time to time? Looks great, and you got me thinking of looking for something like that for our backyard.

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    1. Hopefully rain will keep it full, but if the fountain part gets too low, we'll add a few buckets of water to it just so it doesn't dry out. So far so good...we're really enjoying it!

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