Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink

The heading above is a fib.

Australia is currently suffering a particularly nasty drought but I have been watching the television ads and apparently it does not matter if you mislead people -you just have to make sure that they remember you so, there we are -" water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink"(I expect someone really clever came up with that one - sadly, it wasn't me).

In fact, this post is about our new water tank but, sensibly (in my very sensible view), I did that tricky thing with the heading and lured you in.

What a devious mummified ! What a sneaky, beaky, tricky mummy...

Of course, I have a toddler so I spend quite a lot of my time being tricky. When I uttered the word sh*t recently in front of said child, I quickly added - sheet, doona, pillowcase - that's what we put on the bed. Phew !

But back to the water tank issue. We have got a quote and if we order now we will probably get one in 22 weeks. If we order this week and not next week when it could take even longer. 22 weeks ? That is like - AGES AND AGES AND AGES.

However, we need it because soon (unless God provides 40 days and 40 nights of rain or some such) it will be unlawful to water your garden at all unless you have your own supply - tank or grey water run-off from washing machines, etc etc...

Imagine that...

When I lived in England, I would often complain about the rain. Now I look at the sky and try to be encouraging. "Go on, rain - you can do it - you know you can - you've just lost the knack - it's probably only a confidence thing..."

So far, a little luck but not much...

Can anyone out there do a rain dance and if so, could you post a comment explaining the steps ?

13 comments:

Nic said...

And what a cruel joke that recent days in Sydney have been so humid that it feels as though we could just grab the air with our fists and ring the water out of it.

Love Mummified. In fact I kinda feel mummified. Hang on, I think I forgot the part about having kids. Doh!

mummified said...

Nic, you don't have to have kids to feel wrung out. I reckon modern life does it for you. And being the busy bee that you are at the mo'....

Thank you for the kind comments.

Hope all going well in Sydney. I don't know how you cope with the humidity - it does my head in.

:-)

SC said...

First, how dare you accuse me - erm - I mean certain males - of being secretly despised by all females? Shirley that is racialistic? In any case, most females do it quite openly. Er, so I've been told.

Thirdly, why is it so droughty down there? The last time I looked, Austria was covered in snow. Don't people go skiing there? Snow is made of water. So all you have to do is melt the ski slopes. See?

I may be stupid, but I'm not an idiot, thank you.

mummified said...

Sebeth,

I don't actually know any beta males at all so the question is a moot point (how is the law going by the way ?)
And thanks for the incredibly clever solution to the drought here. I plan to forward this to our Prime Minister as the answer to the country's water problems. I think you may be a genius...or a lawyer...or just tricky...or perhaps drunk...

SC said...

How can you be so insultating? If we are not beta then that must mean we are .... the one that comes after beta. As I have said before, and will say again, I may be an idiot, but I am certainly not clever, thank you very much, and I resent any implication to the contrary.

The law is going thank you. I'm not sure if I'm keeping pace with it.

Thank you for your thank you. I have never been to Austria but I know that there is quite a lot of water there, so it may be just a matter of you needing to have a go at the politicians to get them to melt some of the ski slopes?

mummified said...

Seb,

Point 1 - Why is George Bush writing your response in paragraph 1?
Point 2 - Glad it is going. Keep going.
Point 3 - Ummm, I think we may have exhausted the comedic potential of that one and I need to write another post.

Tootles

SC said...

George W Bush is writificating my first paragraph in paragraph one because, because, of the wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Thank you.

Really? I was hoping we could go off piste for a bit...

rob said...

Well "Mummyfied" here in the UK we have just had our hosepipe ban lifted and the local water company recently purchased by a german company for nothing ! sold to an Australian conglomerate! for an absolute fortune, so look out for "pommywater" in your shops! :o))

The Phosgene Kid said...

It is only going to get worse.

Eternally Curious said...

That Phos! Always the optimist! Or was that Eyore??

In any event, it can actually get worse. Austria (or even Australia) could have Coloradan politicians! Then not only would there be no water -- but the politicians would be fighting over which outsiders (e.g., those not within Colorado!) they could sell that non-existent water to!!

The Phosgene Kid said...

Global warming - the effects coming to a country near you soon.

I am really worried in that we live in a huge population center in a desert. Have to wonder who thought this was a good idea.

mummified said...

OK - so Colorado need to sell the water to Phos who will be really pleased until he finds out that it is non existent...

Fuff said...

It p****s down here every year yet come Summer, the hosepipe bans start and the water companies whinge. About time they got their system fixed, which leaks apparently more water than we ever use.