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rainy day showers

March 9, 2010

We live in the sub-tropics which generally means that we get a lot of rain – not for the whole year usually but for a jolly good part of it. Here in the ecovillage, we are not connected to the town water supply – we all have our own rainwater tanks.

Before we moved here, one of the things I used to hate was having a shower in town water. I would stand there thinking about the fluoride, the chlorine and goodness knows what other nasties were being absorbed into my blood through my skin and what I was breathing in with the steam. Then, when I had Taiji, I thought about it even more and used to dream of installing a filtration system on my shower.

Now we bliss, oh yes we bliss in our beautiful solar-heated rainwater showers and baths. And the bath, oh how we love our family bath that all four of us can sit in and soak in. And when it rains, we celebrate with a family bath.

In Australia, we have to be so water conscious – every drop counts, turn off the tap, don’t waste water, drought, drought, drought. We’re raised to be oh so careful to conserve this precious resource in this drought-afflicted country. Last year, even here in the sub-tropics, we suffered a drought and we ran out of water. We had gotten used to the abundance of rain and thought it would go on raining. Now we know that when it stops raining, we need to start conserving because we don’t know when it’s going to rain again.

My kids will grow up truly understanding where the water that flows through our taps comes from. It won’t be a concept that has to be drummed into them through government campaigns. Taiji, at age 4, understands that the rain falls from the clouds onto our roof, into our tanks and through the pipes in our house. He knows that when it’s been raining a lot, we have a lot of baths and long showers and he knows that when the rain stops, we don’t know when it’s going to rain again and that we have to be a bit more careful.

And my kids are growing up as chemical free as we can be. And I love that.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2010 10:52 pm

    what a smile!

  2. Judy Harvey permalink
    March 10, 2010 8:46 am

    Hi Filippa – that is something I really look forward to, not having chemicals in the shower and bath water. Can’t wait to move to the Eco Village, but not sure when. It is amazing how much chemical can our skin absorb. I see mothers smothering their children in sun screen and wonder if they really know how toxic these can be.

    • March 10, 2010 10:19 pm

      Yes I’m rather anti-sunscreen for that reason Judy. It’s not just the toxic chemicals but also that it can seriously affect your Vitamin D levels. Thanks to “slip, slop, slap” 70% of Australians are now vitamin D deficient! Malignant melanomas are actually helped by sun exposure. Studies have shown that there is far less incidence of malignant melanomas among people with sun damaged skin than those who have had minimal sun exposure. I’m lucky that my kids have olive skin but I have very burnable white skin so I just cover up if I feel that I’m getting too much sun. article: Sunlight and Melanoma

  3. March 10, 2010 11:13 am

    What a great post. I love reading about people real, day to day lives. Water is so important and most of us don’t even think about where it is coming from or where it going after we have used it.

  4. March 10, 2010 10:21 pm

    Thank you. Since moving here, I really have developed much more of a relationship with and appreciation for water.

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