I started to make a mental list of what needs to be done: 1. cut back all old seed heads, 2. prune tree to stop neighbour from complaining about shade issue, 3. weed and rake over veg beds, 4. fix wind injured fencing.
It's here that I notice one of my water butts (don't be envious but I have three) is leaking from its tap. And now I look at it, that big green bloated piece of plastic somehow looks at odds with the rest of the garden. Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with water butts in garden, and I've looked into most of the designs out there. I like the ceramic urns which can hold a plant pot in the top. I also quite like the columns, although I would feel self-conscious displaying a large piece of plastic mock Greek architectural for the sole purpose of only storing 400 litres of rainwater.
Some butts look like giant bee hives, other like futuristic outdoor radiators. And it didn't take long for a certain company to produce a water butt which actually looked like a butt - I won't go into detail regarding where they thought a fun location for the tap was, but I'm sure you can guess. Do they sell many of these things? and if they do, to who?
Wall mounted water butts are a good idea as well. I particularly like the idea of joining water butts together from one down pipe or a single location. The best of both worlds is having wall-mounted AND modular, connecting water storage like the Raincatcher flat water storage (check these out here). But there's also the option of digging a hole in your garden and putting it underground - costly but largely invisible if you can afford it.
If you are looking for water storage check all these options out first but whatever you decide on just make sure you treat it with a little respect and clean it out / refresh it at least once a year.