Thursday, August 4, 2011

East Hawaii Rainforest Liiving

It rains everyday here.
When we go to the beach, it rains.
When we go to the zoo, it rains.
When we go outside to have lunch on the grass, it rains.
But it's not a cold, harsh and threatening rain, like other rains I've known.
Which is why I don't really mind it too much. The first week or so we were here I really felt wet all the time and was worried I would start to mildew! Even our clothes take days to dry on the covered line, but they do dry....eventually. And the sun always stays close by, ready to burst through the clouds at any moment to redeem itself.

So I guess this makes us water people, since we live in the rainiest city in the U.S.

Well, I welcome thee, water! I love water!
Afterall, we drink mostly water!
When you come to our house we will most likely offer you a glass of cold water, because that's all we have. We carry our metal water bottles with us everywhere, one for each family member. Can you guess which one is mine? he he
I love the refreshing qualities of pure, clean, rain water! Which is why I am so fascinated by water catchment systems out here.
The rain falls down, it gets 'caught' in this container, it runs through pipes into our house, and we use it for everything, well, except for drinking. I really wanted to drink it, but they say you don't want to catch whatever bacterias might be living in the pipes. So it's clean, just not clean enough for my gut. But, we wash dishes with it, shower with it, bathe with it, cook with it, clean with it, etc. I am fascinated with this rainwater harvesting stuff.

I like knowing exactly where our water comes from! It seems so simple to me, and I like simple. I like looking out the window at dark thunder clouds and falling rain, and knowing that's what I am washing my hair with later on, and knowing that all this water will nourish our garden and help it grow food for us, too.
Here are the guys' working in the garden area.

Thanks for your abundance, water, in providing us all we need.

1 comment:

Hilary-Dilary-Dock said...

Sally! I'm in love with your life, and I am so curious how you found a place with a rainwater harvesting system. That is so so cool! We seriously need to try that here in Portland, the 2nd rainiest city in the US (I'm pretty sure!). Me and Jubilee are on our way, perhaps in February?? Will that work for you? Thanks for keeping us updated!