It’s Only Water…

In the western world, I think that a lot of us do take water for granted because usually it is there on tap for us 24/7.  We enjoy the luxury of water sprinklers, and fountains as water features, and are lucky to have enough water in our country.

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We are very lucky to have water available to us all the time, and although we grumble if there is a hose pipe ban, we still have enough to drink, cook with, for use in heating and many other ways.

Other countries are not so lucky, Africa being the obvious thought that comes to mind, and having been to Egypt last year, I felt the very dry heat that just draws water from you very fast.  Visiting the pyramids was awesome but I went through 3 bottles of water in about 45 minutes!!  However, I was able to buy that water and so it wasn’t a problem to me.

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So I’ve often wondered if anything can be done to help the hot parts of the world.  Can drought be dealt with in a such a way that people who need water can actually get it.  Could a pipeline for instance be built from a country with plenty of water to irrigate the thirst of desert areas?  They build huge pipelines for oil after all!

However, I read an interesting idea the other day that is actually quite inspiring, as if often the case it makes me wonder why has no one thought of it before?

Egyptian scientists have found a way to use waste water to irrigate the land and create a new forest using fast growing eucalyptus trees which as the report suggest grow four times faster than pine trees!  If you are interested, here is the link to the report I found http://inhabitat.com/egyptian-researchers-discover-a-way-to-grow-forests-in-the-desert-with-sewage/

 

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I think the idea is potentially very helpful, but are there deserts on the world for a reason?  Do they help the world in some way we are not aware?  What about the eco system of a desert.  If the deserts are taken over by forests as could happen, what would that mean for our planet?  Could a forest be encouraged to grow in this new way across say, the Sahara Desert?  There are a lot of questions that need to be answered I think that shouldn’t be ignored.  On the face of it though, I think the idea the scientists have implemented sounds great, if it could help people in places such as Ethiopia then it really could be a winner, lets hope for a better quality of life, and water for everybody in the future…

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Boats, Harbours and Relaxation

Water is generally accepted as being a relaxing feature.  If it is calm, running slowly past, or as part of a pond, lake or harbour then this can be very true.    If its tranquility and peaceful nature appeals then you may enjoy a French town called ‘Honfleur’ in Normandy.

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I think that this idyllic harbour has a lot going for it.  Boats on water create a lovely view, covered seating provides shelter from the weather so you can comfortably eat and drink outside admiring the view and there are lots of little shops to buy exciting things in.

As I walked around the harbour the smell of French food being served by the local cafes was welcome and pleasant, the occasional cry from the seagulls above reminded me I was at the coast and the whole atmosphere was very relaxed, but there was a great buzz in the air.  For me it was an excitement at finding such a gem, a combination of the weather, others enjoying the harbour, the general hustle and bustle of life, and from my experience, friendly folk.

There are many great harbours though, one such place that is always a personal favourite is Portscatho in Cornwall.

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There is the lugger (jetty) in the picture that people jump into the sea at high tide.  The harbour where people keep their boats mostly during the summer months.  The village is friendly with a great pub ‘The Plume of Feathers’ where I’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed good food and a pint or two!

The two pictures above are very different, one is a town, the other is a village, but both have friendly people, a great atmosphere, and feel welcoming.  If I had a boat, I can imagine this is the sort of place I would come down to, and when the water has risen at high tide take it out and enjoy some sailing or fishing…

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If you get the chance to go to Clovelly, Devon though I thoroughly recommend it.  If you stay in the town, and take a walk down at night under a moonlit sky, the view can be breathtaking.  The sound of the water lapping at the shore, or the ropes pinging the masts if there is a little wind I find incredibly relaxing.  It helps that this particular place is a 16th century harbour and steeped in history, it just oozes character and even if just have an afternoon to visit and have a Devonshire cream tea, it is well worth it!

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