The Quail Lake Manor

Rained last night. Hard. Fortunately your musist had a digestive issue overnight and was awake to experience it. The pitter patter of a deluge on a metal roof is a thing to behold. I suspect I'd have been up anyway. The spell checker did not like pitter. And had no good suggestions. So I Googled it. Shocking the sheer volume of stuff that comes up with pitter patter. Here's my favorite.

Imagine me humming that as I muse. Can't unhear that...

Passive rainwater harvesting

So the Quail Manor rainwater harvesting worked a peach. We've never really been here for a heavyish rain, so I figured a photographic record of the passive stuff would be appropriate.

There are a few shots of DnT's curb cut for those paying attention. 

As your musist did his imitation of a photographer, he was considering muse titles. Given the sheer scope of the main basin full of water, which will henceforth be called "Lake the Quail Manor". He thought. There's a title. 

So. As I was typing today's title, I thought I bet that would sound way cooler in French. So. I typed "Translate 'Lake the Quail Manor' into French" into Google. Comes back with a Google Translate block with on the order of infinity languages to chose from. Freaking Google.

Seems, as usual, OK, always, your musist was correct. Does sound way cooler. "Lac du Quail Manor". 

Then I think. Given the whole barrio thing. And the fact we are basically in Mexico with infrastructure, Spanish is probably more appropriate. So I ask for Spanish. That comes back with "Lago La Codorniz Manor". Does not roll off the tongue as well as the French. Nor does it sound quite right. So I ask it to translate the Spanish back into English. Which translates back as The Quail Lake Manor. As usual, OK, always, your musist was correct.

And. We're going with that both as the title of today's muse, and for the puddles that form in the dry wash (aka passive rainwater harvesting basins)

Active rainwater harvesting

Frequent readers will recall in The Spring I imagined, provisioned and built (several times until I got it right) a sight gauge for the active rainwater harvesting cistern. There were some issues with pipe dimensional accuracy so I did the best I could, which was good enough. At the time.

Frequent readers will further recall last time we were down here I imagined, provisioned, and built a pump system to pull water out of the cistern with sufficient pressure to actually make it useful. Well. In that process I integrated and subsequently broke the sight gauge. Leaked like a sieve.

So. More imagining and provisioning. I think this is now like version 6 or 7 of cistern water level measuring. Now there is a stand pipe connected to the cistern that is all Home Depot available PVC so no size tolerance issues. With a gauge sitting on top connected to a float on a string that runs inside the stand pipe. This gauge is out of Australia as are all things useful in the rainwater harvesting world. That was shockingly cheap. But does not tell us anything about cistern level when we are not in residence. Or, just don't want to go outside. Enter a dirt cheep day/night internet camera. In my infinite wisdom, I ran not one, but four Ethernet lines out to right where the camera would want to be mounted. Not sure why I ran any, but damned convenient that I did. At this price point, the camera is not intended to be outdoors, but it is tucked up in the eve. Should be OK I figure.

Fortuitously. Yesterday your musist installed the new level measuring equipment. 

Still have some cable management to do, but worked perfectly. The black and white picture was last night before the rain. This thing as a IR flood light so the glare is unfortunate but acceptable for a $30 device.

Peggy just posted the rain total. We got about 0.8 inches which turned into about a quarter of a tank. Cool.

Now I can monitor it to see if we have a slow leak somewhere that is not showing on the surface.

Birthday with a zero

Now. Earlier this year SWITBO had a birthday with a zero in it. I gifted her some Cosanti Bells. There is a whole story about Cosanti and Arcosanti that I just don't have the energy to fully sort out. Best I can tell Acrosanti is kind of a architectural commune, not unlike what Frank Lloyd Wright did at Talieson. Maybe just a bit more communey, but I don't judge. Anyway. Jake, the Architect turned us on to the bells. Turns out they are kind of an Arizona thing.

Anyway. Not terribly expensive, but not cheap. And all unique. So having been married for 35 years, a testament to her, not me, I KNEW better than to pick one out. They are in the Phoenix area so decided to go by on the way home last time. Turns out I was absolutely correct to have not picked ONE out. We got two.

They are hand cast bronze and have a seriously cool bong. Before the rain it was windy. Had some bonging.

What would a muse be without flower pictures

Now for the flower pictures. Careful observers will note not all pictures are from the Quail Manor Grounds. My focus (pun intended) was on the plants I remembered SWITBO asked about when I got here. That are newly planted.

For the engineers

For the good stuff. For the engineers among us. You humanities folks can skip right along. Here is the evolution of the pump system. It now has a pressure switch so it cycles on and off with demand. Would cycle less if I had a pressure tank on it, but enough is enough. Still some cable management to do, but it's now weatherproof and good to go!

For the not engineers

Not sure if pictures ever got taken of the new pillows for the pergola bench.