Saturday, 15 December 2007
Water and energy are both very essential for life. We have plenty of both , at least we think so, but as soon as we have to do without one of them we start to realize that this is extremely annoying. Last week we had an accident with a plane flying into a power pylon, which caused a power failure of a few days. Walk about in your house from room to room and count the electrical appliances which you really need. Depressing, isn't it ?!
This summer I was with my daughter in Australia and had to see how she coped with a water shortage. She used to have a bore with a lot of good water, which had to be pumped into one of the huge tanks next to the house, but this bore was filled with sand and gravel. So both her tanks contained only rainwater. This wasn't much for the preceding months had been very dry. We all had to wash our faces very fast under the tap with a little bit of water. The rest of our bodies were to be washed in a bucket. Dishwater was used to flush the toilet, which was by no means enough. Fortunately my daughter has a very helpful neighbour who could find water with the help of a divining rod. He had an enormous boring machine and pretty soon he struck water and drilled a new bore. He also connected the pump with the tank and the bore , and all of a sudden there was water!!! The children could play in their swimming pool and were so grateful that the"boring man"as they called him had solved the water problem. ! The ducks got water in their pond and were very happy too, at least they quacked very enthusiastically and splashed with the water for a long time