We had a flurry of books come out in early October — books on reusing materials in the garden, on bamboos, on bizarre plants, and on prairies. I always have mixed feelings when lots of books are available at once.
Tutorial: DIY RAIN CHAIN from Wire-Wrapped Rock. Rain chains are a beautiful and functional alternative to traditional, closed gutter downspouts. Guiding rain water visibly down chains or cups from the roof to the ground, rain chains transform a plain gutter downspout into a pleasing water feature. From the soft tinkling of individual droplets to the soothing rush of white water, they are a treat to listen to. They are widely used in Japan.