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Water crashing into the ditch

Water from the pipe crashing into the ditch

Standing outside the house with Galileo today I wondered what it was I could hear.

It sounded like a rushing river, or it might have been one of our neighbour’s many vehicles.

I was a bit worried that it might be caused by an enormous leak.

Then I connected it to the sound of the melted snow which has been tinkling in the downpipes ever since the sun came out.

It would be snowmelt running off the mountains!

And so it proved when I went the 300-odd metres to investigate.

The culvert pipe under the drive was discharging into the wooded ditch at the end of our land at a tremendous rate, sending the water crashing through the undergrowth into the rocky bed which is dry most of the year.

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