On the way home from work today, we got off the bus at the northern end of London Bridge, intending to call in at the local branch of Pret for coffee and a muffin. In front of Adelaide House there is a row of trees in wooden tubs.
From one of the tubs a fountain of water was spouting. Fortunately, the water was directed towards to road and pedestrians could walk by without getting wet. But what was the reason for the spray?
When we emerged from Pret once more, the fountain had stopped and only puddles remained on the roadway to indicate that it had ever existed. My guess is that these tubs are fitted with automatic watering devices that switch on at specific times and that the delivery hose has split or worked free in this tub so that the water is sprayed into the air instead of into the soil.
I hope the tree can survive until the gardeners come along and restore its daily drink.