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Thursday, May 24, 2007


(I was going to use "I smell" as the title but thought that might put you all off reading!)

Do you appreciate your ready supply of water....? I mean, really...? I thought I did, but as it turns out, I do a lot more now!

There is a leak in the water main outside my house. It's been there 14 days, and it's (apparently) getting worse. It was first noticed by my neighbour, who had a dreadful vibration in her water pipes (to the point where she couldn't sleep for the noise) and reported to Thames Water on 10 May. When the man came to look, he explained that because we live on a very busy junction of two main roads, they would have to get permission from the council to dig up the road. Fair enough, it's what you'd expect...... Except that 14 days later it hasn't been done...... and my water pressure is getting less and less every day. To the point where, since the weekend, it hasn't been enough pressure to fire up my combination boiler, so I've had no hot water. I did manage to put a little water in the bath on Monday, filled from kettles and cool water - enough to wash my hair and have a bit of a splosh, but it took about an hour. I've spoken to Thames Water and am now on the "escalation" list, but they still can't tell me when it's going to be sorted. So I'm sure you can imagine how I feel after my raceforlife training.... running (ish) for about 25 mins, come in all hot and sweaty, and have to wash down with cold water and a flannel!!!! mmmmmm lovely!

Now the point of the post is not really to publicise my lack of personal hygiene!!! But more to make you wonder about water. I always thought I was pretty frugal with water. I have a water meter, and am careful about what I use....... both because of our ongoing lack of the stuff in this country, and also because I am aware that people in other countries aren't as lucky as I am in being able to turn on a tap. But this has really made me realise how much i rely on having a hot tap available, and that I am probably not nearly as thoughtful as I mean to be! It makes you think!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Sunny Day and an abundance of eggs means...

........... only one thing

Home made Ice cream