Rain done Right

When you live in a place that has lots of rain, there are two things that you can do – 1) complain about it all the time, which probably means you were not meant to be living here or 2) embrace it and make it a part of your life. While out for coffee this morning, I noticed a house across from the coffee shop. The first thing I noticed was how the colors of the house blended with the vegetation that surrounded it. The second was the awesome downspout replacements, which are a series of little buckets, each overflowing into the one below it. Finally, I noticed the rain barrels at the base of each downspout, saving the water for irrigating the garden in summer. How absolutely perfect and an example to all of us about how to make water conservation both fit in and look perfect.

In a similar line of thought, it also brings to mind the Portland Chinese Garden, which is a great place to visit when it is raining. Not only are many of the walkways covered, but the roof tiles channel the water into a curtain of droplets that is quite a wonderful effect. Make a note to myself; go there again sometime when it is raining. I need some better pictures than the ones I have of the rain curtains.

Brought to you by Brian Bailey

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