It only takes a month for the situation to turn around. After the cold and wet Winter and the late coming Spring, we've now had a couple of weeks of dry 30-degree heat. The region is on forest fire alert which is always concerning, but so far we've managed to keep everything sufficiently watered. We only have two IBC tanks for storage though and they don't last so long when you're growing as much as we already are.
The water table in the land is very low as a result of this weather, which means the well is at risk of running dry. To offset all this we've entered water scarcity mode, catching every drop we can and recycling it back around for the plants. This kinda closed-loop system is good practice anyway; we already recycle all of our urine for watering, may as well recycle stuff like pasta and rice water too.
We're also thinking to start taking a trip to the lake in the mornings to fill up extra water canisters there, since it's an abundant resource on the doorstep.
Storms HAVE been making their way across the region but they keep breaking just before they reach us. We did get one, which hit — fittingly — on the Solstice. Standing in the pouring rain has never felt so good, or had such a.. feeling of a gift to it. I don't think you feel this connection until you're relying on the rain to keep you alive — I mean okay, we still live in fucking Sweden, we can drive to a shop in town and BUY water before we dehydrate and shrivel up — but still, ya know, a huge storm breaking over a dry and cracked land, when you've been hoping and praying for it.. well it's got that Biblical feeling innit.
In general, life here in the forest, coupled with our early attempts to close loops where we can, really pushes home how much a functioning part of an ecosystem we are, despite our best contemporary efforts to disconnect ourselves. It's easy to lose sight of this simple truth.