Farmstead Friday: water water everywhere

March 15, 2019




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









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