Monday, 26 August 2013

water irony

When we lived on the ship we had permanent water restrictions - two minute showers and one load of laundry per person per week. Every now and then the ship couldn't take water on board for some reason (or if we were sailing and the tanks were running low) and we were down to drinking it only, no showers or laundry allowed.

The irony when we lived on the ship was that we were surrounded by water - as the Rime of the Ancient Mariner goes 'water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink ' (Thanks to Captain Tim for introducing us to that rhyme - so much that we still remember it!!). 

We lived at Appelsbosch  - a deserted college in South Africa - and had constant water problems there. We lived with out flushing toilets for most of the five months, the washing machines rarely washed without needing to be filled with buckets and sometimes you couldn't shower.

So you would think really that we would be used to living with water issues, but the water is off almost all day, every day at the moment and trying to wash nappies/diapers in the very small windows of running water is driving me crazy (well that and the fact that our block washing machine hasn't been washing properly).

It seems ironic that once again we are living without much water - when it is RAINING constantly! I might have to write a new rhyme...hmm...

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