A water butt that leaks all down the side where the seam had split is useless for water BUT Col had a brain-wave and with a rest in between each part of the job he cut the barrel in half, found and cut a piece of plywood for each end, bolted the bits on and look what we have now.
It turns out that "the nasty looking vine" ( mentioned the other day as one of the things on the pergola thingy,) is actually a hop. Mrs F said it should have been a golden leaf variety but wasn't. So it will be kept as I love the smell of dried hops.........there could be a plan for hop pillows and we have an idea for giving it something to climb over that's better than just a post.
During yesterday morning Col turned really cold and shivery, which with him is always a bad sign, and sure enough he was running a high temperature. So a phone call to the oncology ward and he is now in hospital for a few days so they can give intravenous anti-biotics.