This morning I used a whole tanker truck of water - just me!
I filled up two big pails with water for my dogs.
I took a shower and did laundry. I washed my dishes (by hand - ugh!).
I made coffee with 12 cups of water and drank 3 glasses by breakfast.
I watered my plants and then I went outside! Outside my cows drink from a HUGE heated water tank which I refill twice a day.
When I came in the house I went in the basement to put the wash in the dryer and there it was - the cistern.
It is partially hidden behind a stone wall, however I am VERY aware it is there. It is
enormous – a cylinder 14’ long and 6’ diameter with a trap door ready to swallow children and pets! (A cistern is an artificial reservoir used for storing rainwater).
I see images in my mind of women climbing a wooden ladder, leaning over the monster and scooping out buckets of water. Carrying the buckets over to the wash tub preparing to do laundry. I can feel their presence and I can't help but ponder how easy my life is.
I turn a knob and have water - any temperature I want - just dial it in. The waste water disappears - I don't even know where it goes! I do know if something is draining slowly I get annoyed - how would the women scooping water from the cistern feel about that?
All of the water I used already today - and I never had to labor or strain.
Today I honor all the precious souls that lived before indoor plumbing and called the cistern their friend.
Enjoy your conveniences my friends!
xoxo Lady Katherine PLEASANT PASTURE NEW WEBSITE