Christina Coates

Summer Drought – a Drabble

The cracked birdbath held little water. She wondered who filled it, or was it rain. The chaffinches couldn’t fly for the thirst of summer. How had they survived two hundred years? Rhodes missed English songbirds – only chaffinches survived. How did anything endure without help – the sycamores, the oaks? Her own garden? The neighbour taps water from his borehole, but her garden is a tinderbox. Now he wants her help. When he removed his hedge he saw her spring garden – the leucadendrons, the buddleias. He’s agreed to share his water. In return she will offer him plants and cut his grass.


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