Well folks, as usual you have impressed me. Clearly many of you are much more mathematical and engineering savvy than I am, which honestly should be no surprise to any of us. There is a reason I write the blog and take pictures.
Anyway, your very pertinent questions and comments (see below on The Quiz) have caused some further research on my part so I can provide you with the precise, accurate information I should have given you to begin with.
For those of you who have just joined us, the question is: How much rain will it take to fill up the water trough?
Here is some corrected and additional information you will need to answer the quiz question (unless you are in the wild guess category with me and then it doesn’t really matter): 1. The shed is 12 feet deep x 20 feet wide; however the roof hangs over by a foot on each side so the roof is actually 14′ x 22′ – I’m pretty sure that is important to know for your calculations. 2. The water trough is sloped at the standard 1/4″ per foot fall and is as stated previously 10′ long x 3′ wide x 2′ tall. 3. The bulge in the trough is pretty much solved by the strap Rick put across the middle. 4. The picture below is the official AAR rain gauge and the answer to the quiz question was calculated using this gauge.
As you can see it is not a digital gauge; it is more the “I think the water is about up to the line” model. Just want you all to have accurate information. I do hope that will help with calculating the correct answer!
Since we have this additional information and need to re-calculate, I feel it is only fair to extend the answer period by a couple of days. We will now reveal the correct answer and the winner of our quiz on December 22nd.
Now, on to the best part of the quiz – the prize! I thought something hand-made from our own ranch would be nice. Spiced plum jam is something I make every year and it is delicious if I must say so myself. Unfortunately, though our apple crop was good, our plum-tree died this summer.
So the plums for this year’s jam were ones I bought during my Quilt Shop Hop trip to the eastside (of Washington) in September.
And you thought all we did was visit every quilt shop in Central Washington.
The spiced plum jam recipe is one I got from Mary Lou – Rick’s mom. Delicious, fragrant plums, with just a hint of cinnamon.
I had enough plums to make a double batch of jam. Every time I make jam or jelly I have a little bit left over, not enough to fill another jar. I put that little bit of left over jam in a bowl and . . .
. . . it disappears in about ten minutes. Rick assures me this is because he takes his job as Quality Control Officer very seriously. Hmmm. Anyway, he does say it is a good batch of jam.
So, get your revised quiz answers in and we will reveal the correct answer and the winner on the 22nd of December.