Today’s theme invites us to consider water and what it means to us.
“We have different relationships to and stories about water: how it has saved or defeated us.”
I live in South Australia. It is the driest state in the country. We have been in the grip of severe bushfires twice in the last six months. Losses to property, life and livestock have left many communities devastated.
Our weather is contrary here. This last week it has been humid, sweaty, tropical. We’ve had the most stunning tropical thunderstorm, including the obligatory flooding. In the last two days several suburbs have experienced massive property damage due to burst watermains. I can’t help but wonder if poor storm water drainage has been the cause of that.
Today the skies are overcast and there is a smattering of rain.
We pay for every drop of water used. It creates tension of course. Gardens need to be watered. Some of our solutions are quite unique. Like this chain downpipe. When it rains it gets lifted out of the drain hole so the water flows into the garden. It looks quite spectacular with the water flowing down the links. Unfortunately it has not rained enough today for me to capture a photo so you could see it in action.
There are banks of water tanks at the back and side of the house to collect as much rain as we can. In a good year we can keep the household running on tank water for six months or more. Unfortunately not this year.
Interestingly, my February newsletter’s theme was rehydration!
© Raili Tanska