A tiled fountain in a coutyard.
This beautiful rose garden was watered by a manual irrigation system installed about one hundred years ago! The
metal pipes used were spare parts from the shipyards and built by men familiar with battleship plumbing. The original plumbing
is shown below. It was a challange for even the strongest man to turn on a station, and worse, not all of the zones had their
own knob, having fallen off decades ago. Opening some zones had to be done with a wrench. Watering this garden was
A picture of the old plumbing used to irrigate the rose garden from many decades ago untill Summer of 2007.
The water originates at a well. In order to do this work we had to shut off the water via a far away, ancient
valve near the well and, needless to say, this exploded upon turning the water back on! Another project! Replace the
ancient shutoff valve.