The trouble with water

Here in Wales we’re having a bit of a drought… it’s hardly rained for weeks and the water butts Chez Snail are sadly depleted. This is a bit of an issue because we try to avoid flushing the toilet with mains water – instead using rainwater that we have collected from the roof of the house and shed. As the water butts have gradually emptied, we have started using ‘grey’ water: saving the water when we shower for use in the toilet, for example. We’ve also been tipping water from washing up and washing onto the plants in the garden (in both pots and the ground) and trying to make use of any other collected water, like when the  hot water tank started overflowing because the arm of the ballcock had warped (now mended).

So, when I get home from swimming, I put my swimming costume and my goggles into a bucket of cold water to rinse away the chlorine, and then I use the water in the garden (assuming that it’s so dilute by then that it will do no harm). And this is where the ‘trouble’ originated.

This morning I simply could not find my swimming goggles. I usually leave them on the table in the kitchen to dry and then put them back in my swimming bag ready for my next session. But this morning they were nowhere to be seen. Where had I put them? Had I left them at the pool? Now, I know that you can see exactly where this is going, but at 6:30 this morning I was completely bewildered. I hunted around the house to no avail, and I asked at the pool, where they have a box of abandoned goggles… none of which turned out to be mine. The lovely staff offered to lend me some, but I had my old ones and so although my swim was a bit blurry (unlike the new ones, my old ones do not have prescription lenses), I was fine. As I swam up and down I mulled over what I could possibly have done with my goggles… and the light started to dawn.

On returning home, I checked the garden, and there they were in a pot with a courgette plant. Apart from a little compost and needing a rinse, they were unharmed. Needless to say this is going to cause great amusement with my fellow swimmers when I tell them on Monday. Ah well, it’s just one of the hazards of a green lifestyle.

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The offending goggles with my eco-friendly swimming costume (made from recycled fibres)

 

 

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11 Comments

  1. Lol good for a story:)

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  2. A clear case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater! Haven’t we all done something like this, though? Favourite chopping knife in the compost bin, anyone…?

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  3. I’m surprised you haven’t misplaced more items with all that collecting and redistributing going on. On the up side you should be able to dine out on that one for a while! 🙂 It’s a pity we can’t redistribute rain …….

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  4. Laurie Graves

     /  July 7, 2018

    Oh, too funny! Hope the drought ends soon.

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  5. Haha!! We managed to compost a copper trowel, a tea spoon and a ring! So not immune here. And we are doing the same, shower water for the loo, washing up water for the garden. What little rain water we have left we are keeping for the little monsters & an azalea in a pot that was my mums.

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  6. What a hoot! At least your courgettes were ready for any unforeseen down poor!

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  7. Claire

     /  July 8, 2018

    Good story 🙂 thanks for a chuckle!

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  8. Hilarious! We are also doing our best to conserve water but the plants are all looking a bit sad. No end in sight either….

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  9. Nice Story..:)….Thanks for sharing.

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