Does my butt look big?

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Mrs Green's lovely big butt

Mrs Green's lovely big butt

It’s that time of year when the sun is shining, temperatures are soaring and it’s time for us to show a little more flesh.

I know this has many of us quaking in our bikinis, but this week I’ve been showing off my new summer butt and it’s looking pretty good, even though I say so myself.
Fortunately for me, I was able to remain fully clothed because I’m talking about a water butt, which, for fairly obvious toilet humour reasons has most of my American friends rolling about with laughter.

So for those across the pond who need a translation, it’s a rain barrel – one of those delicious barrels that happily stores gallons of water for when the April showers pass, we have no rain for a week and Britain is declared a drought zone.

This butt is the fourth to be installed at Chez Green and as the more observant of you will have noticed, it’s not your usual black or green. No, our rain barrel is a fetching shade of blue.

This beauty was a bargain too, both for my pocket and the environment. You see it’s recycled. Reused (or repurposed) to be precise! It started life as a juice container for transporting vast quantities of the orange stuff to bottling factories across the lands. One forward thinking man in the Forest of Dean buys these barrels, attaches a tap and voila – the perfect recycled water butt.

So now I can recycle rain water in my recycled water butt. And Little Miss Green charmed the man so much he gave her £2 for her piggy bank.

Recycling money too – whatever next …

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth’s fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Alyson says:

    I’ve got a water butt too, recycled, last year. free. My son got it from his employer.Came without a lid and tap, could only buy a tap so my dear beloved husband made a lid out of wood and painted it. Lovely. My first and only butt. Didn’t rain for a week, but when it did I was like a little kiddie with a new toy, kept lifting up the lid to see how full it was. Of course the thing is empty now because I live in the hot and dried up south east. Typical.

  2. Poppy says:

    My butt has run dry 🙁 Junior suggested that we fill it with the hosepipe ….. drrr! Lengthy conversation about the whys and wherefores of owning a water butt followed!

  3. Jane says:

    I don’t have one and have been put off by a technical problem. What I need is a rainwater connection that connects to a larger than normal downpipe as our downpipe takes the water from more than one house into the drain on our land. I could fit a narrow water butt in but need this larger than usual connection. Has anyone else had this problem?

  4. Mrs Green says:

    @Alyson: Hopefully it’s full up again now, Alyson. I know what you mean about keeping checking it to see if it’s filling up LOL!

    @Poppy: Mr G has been known to fill it from the taps too Poppy 😀

    @Jane: I’ll ask Mr G; he’s a whizz about those sorts of things…

  5. Mr Green says:

    @Jane: Hello Jane I don’t have one and have been put off by a technical problem. What I need is a rainwater connection that connects to a larger than normal downpipe as our downpipe takes the water from more than one house into the drain on our land. I could fit a narrow water butt in but need this larger than usual connection. Has anyone else had this problem?

    To connect properly to a rainwater downpipe, you need a diverter that allows water to fill the tank untill it is full, then it sends the water to the downpipe again, to prevent overflowing. You haven’t said how large this downpipe is, but I suggest you go to a DIY center, or plumb centre and tell them what you want to do. There is usually a kit available to make the connection, but you need to specify what size your downpipe is, so that the connection is correct. It may involve a bit of cutting and fiddling with the downpipe to install the kit, so be prepared for a little bit of DIY.

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