I had a grocery delivery yesterday.
Normally I have the garage door open so he can trot in with his crates of
whiskey groceries straight through to the kitchen and dump them on the table.
Not so yesterday.
I had everything ready when he arrived but he refused to come in. He stood there outside the open gate and wouldn’t come in any further.
Frankly, I couldn’t blame him. You see, we have had quite a drop of rain lately and what happens is that the water all flows down the length of the lane picking up muck on the way. It then flows in my gate and floods the front driveway. As a result, there is now a very large area of very sticky and messy mud inside my gate, and anyone who wants to enter has to wade through this shit.
So I nipped back indoors and put on some boots. I then had to collect the crates of
whiskey groceries from the lane and wade back to the kitchen. After the delivery was finished I then had to mop down the kitchen floor as there was mud everywhere.
So herein lies my problem. I don’t know what to do about this marshland that periodically cuts off entry to the Manor. How many other visitors have decided a visit to Grandad isn’t worth the effort?
To stop the water flowing in I would have to build a dam across the lane but I imagine the neighbours might have something to say about that? I can cross that off my list of solutions.
I could build some kind of drain or channel or something inside the gate to let the water flow into the North Wood, but that would just fill up with silt and mud within days. That would be a very temporary solution and I don’t fancy digging a new trench after every rainfall. Anyway, driving out across the trench would collapse it anyway.
So I am stuck with my muddy isolation. As a temporary measure I’m thinking of raising the level of the entrance using gravel. I don’t know how long that would last.
More hard work……