Sunday, February 10, 2013

Water


 Water is the main thing on my mind in this dry summer. Will the bach garden be OK! I didn't get out there last weekend and so it's been two weeks since I've been able to carry my buckets-full of water up to the garden.
I was greeted with a surprise: ripening tomatoes announcing their presence with a great scarlet drum roll.
 Oh yes, the locals told me, we had one big downpour last weekend. It came in the night and saturated the ground. It also turned one of my slender courgettes into a big fat on-the-way-to-being-a-marrow.

This fine weather is too good to miss. Everyone is pouring out to the coast. The surf is up, and now that I've ridden a few waves, my board is free
 and the little one is in for a treat. How do you learn that all rivers flow to the sea? Why, by being taken on an adventure, skimming the water upstream until you meet the waves,
and then skimming back again, so fast, against the current.
 It was noticed by a blog visitor that when I showed the iron ball last week, I did not record the splash.
And so here, is a repeat just for you,
 complete with splash!
On the day I left I gathered more produce from the garden. The plants respond instantly to the copious buckets of water that I gave them night and morning, and I was able to gather another harvest of courgettes, beans and tomatoes. More ratatouille tonight - one of my favourite dishes.
Oh the bounty of summer! - but only if there is enough water to support it all.
I came home to a letter from Oxfam about a woman in Bougainville. Her village lacks drinking water for three months of every year. A small donation will help the villagers to set up clean water systems. I'll be sending mine off tomorrow.

9 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Juliet - I love the photos and the explanation .. your v little one is having the time of her life - great to see the pictures and the splash ... those veggies look delicious - especially to an English lady who is anxious for the spring veg to arrive!

Water is a serious issue around the world ..

Cheers from a wet, cold afternoon - Hilary

MandaBurms said...

me too loved how the little one was introduced to the flow - very special will be keeping that one.

Our counci are installing water meters gasp using smart meters sigh... We are saving hard for more water tanks here.
Love Leanne

juliet said...

*Hilary, it's such a joy to see a little one squealing with delight as she races through the water. The vegetables are extra special when they go straight from the garden to the pot - I can taste the freshness. Glad you enjoyed the post, thank you - and I hope it warms up for you soon.

* Leanne, thank you for visiting. 'Introduced to the flow' is a perfect description for what the little one was learning about upstream and down stream, going with the current and going against it. We have had water meters in Auckland for some time. Where are you? Water tanks are great for the garden and make a good addition to Council water.

Lynley said...

What a fantastic splash you captured Juliet. I could hear the sucking kind of noise the ironball made as it went into the water. I had fun at your beach too via your illustrations and story!

Aren't Dads terrific at taking their small children out into the world for adventures?

Water is the real gold of the world. We need to treasure it more.

juliet said...

* Lynley, I had only one chance at it, and managed to click at the right time, just as you did when you captured the birds overhead. There were lots of fathers taking their kids for a ride in the lagoon - so good to see.
Thank you.

Diana Drent said...

If there is Magic on this planet, it is contained in Water ...

Loran Eisely

Wishing you much more summer pleasure.

juliet said...

* Thank you Diana. There was certainly magic in the waves over the weekend.

Hotly Spiced said...

The weather looks so lovely and how wonderful to be able to enjoy it at the bach. It looks like a great place to relax xx

juliet said...

*Thanks Charlie, the bach is the place to be in this weather.