I knew I should have bought that new rain barrel. Just as the weather forecast predicts heavy rains this weekend (the local phenomena called the cutesy "pineapple express"), I am sans rain barrel. I had one at the old house but never got around to buying one for this house. With gardening season coming up and the prospect of a long hot, dry summer it makes me wish I were collecting the rain we are getting now.
My previous rain barrel was the standard 55 gallon round type but since it was round it wasn't the most inobtrusive thing.
Well, I found one type of slim rain barrel that is not only a little more natural looking, but also is flat on one side so it can sit flush against the house. You lose a few gallons of water with the cropped side, but you can link more than one together. It also has a screen to keep out bugs and debris.