Morning coffee in the garden

It strikes me how lucky and privileged I am, we all are, to be able to just turn a tap to fill a kettle and make a drink. Anyone who has running drinking water are among the richest people on the planet.

Between Christmas and New Year, we finally had a water meter fitted. Here in County Durham we are lucky to have (at the moment) an unlimited supply of fresh clean water, running off our surroundings hills. Much of it held at Kielder, one of the largest man made reservoirs in Europe. With such a comparatively small population in the Northeast, compared to other more southerly countries in the U.K. our water supply is not restricted and hasn’t been as far as memories serve.

We had the meter fitted mainly to lower our bills and partly to make us and our grandchildren more aware of the true value of this precious resource.

Three large water barrels with taps are in various places around our garden, rain water is far better for plants. I’m hoping to get another two installed over the next couple of weeks. If I had the space I would install a water retention system to collect all water from our house use to reuse for toilet flushing. Or maybe a composting toilet, though possibly not acceptable in a housing estate.

Today being Monday, most of our neighbours are busy about their work or are now away with their caravans or off to other socially distanced and allowed destinations. Last week was different, with the constant drone of jet washers as the brighter days compelled them to pour drinking water in huge volumes onto their cars, caravans and drives. Drinking water that most of the world is crying out to just drink. I didn’t feel smug as I looked at our grubby car while lichens are growing on the pots and paving. I just feel sad that we live in a world so obsessed with self and self needs that we forget that we are all on the same planet using the same resources that will have to last future generations.

We can’t just expect that just because in the past, the month of April was showery when this year and last, it has been dry. This year it’s been very cold and windy too.

No one knows what climate change will do to our world, what effects it will have on the future of our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Much has been speculated and talked about. I think it’ll be far worse than we could imagine but still we as humans continue to think only of our own life and not at the whole picture.

We must learn to conserve all our resources, even if they are at the moment where we live not in short supply. For it is the learning to conserve that with teach us and those that will follow us to be more constructive in how with live our lives in readiness for harder times ahead.

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