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Fifty six year old empty-nester. Wife to one, mum to four and nan to three precious grandies. Living simply is my passion, I enjoy growing food, living healthy and playing with a variety of crafts. I am always up for a bargain and love to op shop for vintage treasures.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

feeling optimistic

A new big rain water tank was delivered yesterday. 

Now bring on the rain!






We finally switched the house over to rain water as we have plenty in storage.

Knowing we are in drought, I will monitor the usage very carefully. Our water storage will increase to 30,000 gallons once the new tank is full.  One decent drop of rain will top everything up because of a huge amount of roof area. Fingers are tightly crossed now J

The reason we had not switched over sooner was because we discovered a leak in the solar hot water system which has now been replaced. There are still a few issues with pressure, but hopefully hubby can work it out.

Oh how good it feels to bathe in rain water, tap water does not compare at all!

Have a great day,

xTania

25 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your acquisition!

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  2. Wow, that is a big tank! Bring on the rain!

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  3. That certainly IS exciting Tania ... I get excited when we get a new water tank also.

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  4. Just need to get it filled Julie, hopefully we don't have to wait too long :)

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  5. There are few things better than knowing the tanks are full. I hope it rains soon.

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  6. Fingers, toes and nose, all crossed for you Tania! You won't regret one cent, spent on the extra tank. If we hadn't purchased our second rainwater tank, for the house a couple of years ago, we would have purchased at least 2 truckloads of water by now, to get us through the drought. I'm always so grateful we got it installed when we did. I'm sure it will be the same for you too. Because it's so comforting, knowing you've got that backup tank in reserve, when the first one, goes dry. Now just let it rain! :)

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    1. Thanks Chris.

      Sadly no rain due in the next week or so. I thought we might get some from the cyclone in the west, but no it was not to be. People have run out of rainwater here and are buying it in. We have had to transfer water between our tanks a couple of times in the last twelve months. I would think once these tanks are full, that should be enough to get us through :)

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  7. Those are some huge tanks...we are having a lovely week of rain in Brisbane and thank God it has been a little cooler. It did spoil my plans to go camping this weekend however my veggie garden is thriving and my seed growing [first real time] is going great.

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    1. I bet your garden is doing well Kathy, even the sprinkles we had a few days ago perked the plants up. Sorry to hear you couldn't go camping, if only I could send you some of our beautiful sunshine :)

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  8. Those rain tanks look wonderful! What an excellent addition, not to mention an excellent resource. My husband and I have gradually been expanding our rainwater collection and he is very curious as to how you're going to filter it. Blog post?

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    1. Hi Leigh, that is a great question.

      We have a filter on one of our taps in the kitchen and a terracotta purifier and also a ceramic one sitting on the kitchen bench. I am pretty sure you can actually get a filter to put on before the water enters the house. I myself am not so bothered by the water, I was raised on unfiltered rain water and never experienced any problems. In my opinion the chemicals in our tap water are probably far worse.

      xTania

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  9. Wow, it's huge! Congratulations. It must feel heavenly to bathe in rain water. I use it for soapmaking.

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    1. I must remember to use rain water when I make soap. I can see why it would be better to use. Rain water really does feel so much better on your skin and doesn't dry it out.

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  10. Surely, a new water tank has got to be a signal for the heavens to open, Wendy, and for rain to pour down. We've had rain here this week and it's wonderful to see everything greening up again. Gee, it was a long, hot and dry Summer. Hope you get your share of liquid gold soon. Meg:)

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    1. Sadly no sign of rain for this area at the moment Meg. Fingers crossed we get some soon :)

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  11. I'm hoping that the remnants of cyclone Trevor pushes some decent rain down your way. The wet stuff arrived here this week. It has made such a difference.

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    1. We didn't get any rain from either of the cyclones Jane. Just shows how the seasons have changed. In good years we get rain that comes down from the north west.

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  12. Hi Tania, There is something quite wonderful about hearing rain running into the tanks! I remember, as a kid, when our dad would announce "there's water running into the tanks" and we would race outside to listen! Thanks for sharing your excitement. Everything crossed here too for rain. (I was back reading your blog and found the picture of your Fire King collection....I love Fire King and try to use the pieces I have collected. I just have a few bowls, jugs, sugar bowls and mugs... all peach lustre) Cheers Jo.

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    1. Hi Jo,

      We love fire king products and collect any when we see it is op shops. The peach colour is gorgeous and it brings back memories from my childhood :)

      Bring on the rain! We haven't had any yet though, not looking likely at the moment either. However we are having gorgeous Autumn weather. Just cant wait until the weekend when daylight savings finishes...yay!

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    2. Hi Tania, We collect our new tank tomorrow! Bring on the rain... and the end of daylight saving too.
      We had peach lustre D handle mugs on the farm where I grew up..they were so well used the peach lustre faded dramatically! Cheers, Jo

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  13. I hope for enough rain to fill our tanks this winter Tania. Thankfully our 2 house tanks are on a seperate system from the 3 tanks that supply our garden and stock water troughs. Those tanks often dry up, and we switch over to mains water, but we never run out of rain water in the house. When we travel the first thing I notice is the hard water when showering. Enjoy your rain water showers and hope that new tank fills up this year. XX

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  14. The ultimate stockpiling .... water. You will be well satisfied when it eventually fills

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