Aqua vitae (‘One Shot Wonders’)

Water pump, Pye Cottage, Yass Street, Gunning, New South Wales, Australia

The vital drop

Instead of dreaming of a White Christmas, we’re all dreaming of rain.

It has been so hot this summer in our corner of Australia. And not only roaring hot, but endless days of it in a row.

A jump in the river calls like a siren.

I remember longingly the days of no water restrictions when the lawn was green and soft (shameful to think now!). And a sprinkler showered the middle of the yard for the squealing kiddies to run across or dare to sit on – with that fizz sound and a sudden face full of the water jet.

And there were those ice blocks in long plastic tubes, rationed out from the freezer, that left you with a red or green tongue.

Or a trek on hot tar around to the public pool with many hours of duck diving and ‘chasings’ – and more squealing – to walk home again only to become just as hot as you were before, although your fingers were wrinkly and blonde hair was green.

So we’re dreaming of a cool downpour. Or even a shower to settle the dust would do.

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As my fervent rain dance, I will post pictures with a water theme this week – of the local rivers, lakes and other places. So bang the drum and sing for rain!  ♦

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‘Aqua vitae’ – water of life. ‘One Shot Wonders’ series. 

Water pump at Pye Cottage, Yass Street, Gunning, New South Wales, Australia

Photo taken 11 December 2013, with Fuji FinePix S2980

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Gunning, New South Wales, Australia – off the Hume Highway, the main road between Sydney and Melbourne

Map of Gunning

260 km (162 miles) from Sydney

75 km (47 miles) from Canberra [Wikipedia]

37.5 km (29 mins) from Yass [Google Maps]

http://gunning.nsw.au/

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