This should have been so simple! Unfortunately, my bipeds’ ideas of a perfect water feature were very different from mine. The bipeds got a very large barrel that had been cut into two halves. They set the two halves in the garden and made sure they were standing level and filled them with water. This was all that was necessary, we now had two large drinking bowls outside – perfection!
But they hadn’t finished. They had a whole load of plants and some pots with holes in. They put the plants in the pots and arranged the pots inside the barrels. They also had some floating plants. It took them ages to do and when they’d finished, this was their idea of perfection!
I’m sure you can all see the big flaw in their thinking – I couldn’t drink from the barrel. I set about putting things right as soon as their attention was elsewhere. It was easy to lift most of the plants out, their pots mostly came out with them. I placed the plants on the ground near the barrel. The bipeds saw what I’d done and came and told me that I mustn’t do that and they put all the plants back again!
Well, as you can imagine, I wasn’t going to give in that easily! I removed the plants at every opportunity and they put them straight back again. I was very determined, but they were very stubborn. I think they prefer to say that I was stubborn and they were determined, but I’m not going to quibble over semantics.
I was beginning to think we were doomed to keep repeating this for a very long time, when I went outside and discovered that things had changed slightly. The plants in one of the barrels were all grouped to one side, close together. I tried to remove the plants, but I couldn’t lift them. I was still quite young, only four months old. I went across to the other barrel and tossed all the plants out and had a drink.
The bipeds picked up all the plants and, instead of putting all the pots back in, they replanted them in one big pot. They put this pot in the barrel and they put some rocks on top of it, between the plants. No wonder the plants in the other barrel wouldn’t move easily!
I tried a few times, during the next week or so, to move the plants from the barrels – I wasn’t very successful. I decided it was time to compromise, after all, they had made it possible for me to drink from the barrels and the plants only added to the flavour! So from then on, I tried my best not to disturb the few plants that were left. This seemed to keep the bipeds happy and meant that I had two Clowie-sized drinking bowls to choose from in the garden and I always say that you can never have too many places to get a cooling drink of water!
See you next Wednesday!