Monday, December 9, 2013

December 9. Day 343. Water, water everywhere

There's water, water, everywhere yet I buy a bottle to drink,
I hate to think how much I've spent on bottled water in the past year. There's been water with bubbles, water sourced from sparkling mountain streams, imported water and now even water in fancy pants bottles wrapped in a label designed to look like a famous model's swimwear line.
But you know what? It's all H20.
There are plenty of spots in the world where it has to be bottled or boiled if you don't want to risk life and limb or at the very least totally ruin your holiday. Brisbane, Australia, is not one of those places.
And yet while we may whinge about paying the "outrageous" price per litre for petrol (about $1.50 at the moment) we had over $3 for 600 mls of water without a second thought.
And what's worse, last time I checked water was pretty freely available from the tap. A little organisation might be required to bottle and chill it before leaving the house but it's not actually a big ask.
(Fuel, on the other hand, does not come straight from the tap unless you have a coal seam gas fracking industry gone wrong in your area. Google it, if you don't know what I'm talking about. In any case, we don't and that's a column for another day).
So there I was in Musgrave Park this afternoon with the dog and a $3 bottle of Natural Australian Spring Water when I saw a water bubbler and a procession on Noisy Miners lining up for a drink.
Which one of us has the bird brain? I might have a drink on that.


  1. We are lucky here in Scotland our water tastes fine, not like the London water. I by water if I am out and need a drink, rather than fizzy juice.
    What a great "right place right time" picture. Hope he got a drink

  2. I don't know how you manage those bird captures. So special

  3. Must admit I begrudge buying water, but we don't have to worry too much about chilling it. Great capture as always.

  4. Ha ha I love your descriptions. I buy bottled water too and I often think that I am so lazy and I know that the bottles are really bad for the environment. I then stop and reuse for a while and then slip back into the habit again. Gorgeous photos

  5. I haven't bought a bottle of water in well over two years as I have a SIGG metal water bottle which keeps the water cool. We always fill our bottles up now before we leave the house, and you're right that it just takes a bit of organisation. That bird is stunning!

    Thanks for linking up to Project 365.