I was looking around for a big water tub that I could use to quickly fill watering cans. The current method of using a hose pipe from one of my big metre-cubed containers takes too long. The sort of thing I had in mind was a big circular one holding 700 litres or so, called here (since intended for water for animals) an abreuvoir. I looked at the price - of the order of €150 or so. Not doing that.
So I enquired through the village self-help Watsapp group, and it turns out the Pierrick has something that might be suitable; a bit more than half of a metre-cubed container, the other part of which he is using to hold water for his goats. It's perfect, and he gave it to me.
So I have been making a concrete hard standing for it, next to one of the existing containers, from which I can fill it up. I'm in the process of digging up the stones from the veg patch so I'm using them as a base for the concrete.
I always manage to underestimate the amount of concrete I will need. I bought ten 30 Kg bags, I used six for the rough first coat over the stones, and the remaining four got me about 40% along the top. I'll need six more bags.
This is how it will finish. I turned the original vat through 90° and put the new one alongside it. Since they're deeper than they are wide they take up less length of the concrete base than I had planned, so there is room left for something else, such as a tool chest for example. Maybe I will get one; it would be useful. Meanwhile, we have frosty nights this week so I will finish the concreting when they are over.