How many water sources does one house need?

A week after my daughter was born, a flash flood wiped out Nairobi’s water supply. For four weeks, our taps were dry. Fortunately (and somewhat ironically), it was the rainy season.

Collecting rainwater is somewhat tiresome but we managed. Every time it rained, whoever was home would run outside and place buckets strategically around the house. As soon as a bucket was full, we’d lug it inside and pour the contents into the downstairs bathtub.

After a month of towel bathing and refilling the cistern every time we flushed a toilet, we were ready for the miracle of indoor plumbing. It was awesome to have a shower again.

Our current home has three water sources: city council water; a private borehole managed by our street association; and several water tanks around our property. This is vitally important. After all, it is pointless to have electricity if you don’t have water for the kettle. And a dry kettle means no tea. Without tea, there is nothing but darkness and chaos.

Speaking of tea, I’m giving away 3 African cozies to cover your tea (or coffee) pot. If you’ve already entered, awesome! Remember to share with family and friends to increase your chance of winning, plus look for the confirmation email (it might have landed in your Spam box); you need to click the link to confirm your entry. For more details and to see what the cozies look like, visit here.

On another topic entirely, a friend of mine is releasing Blood Renegades, the newest book in her Rebel Vampires series. If you enjoy Gothic literature (think ‘Anne Rice’), you’ll love her series. And for this week only, Blood Renegades is only 99c!

Light – rebel, lover, anti-hero – will be burnt at the stake in fourteen days. In a hidden, paranormal London, he’s been branded a traitor and terrorist Renegade. He must now make the ultimate choice: to hide in the shadows. Or walk into the light… Betrayal. Death. Hope. Take what you know about vampire romance and throw it away. See what everyone is raving about here.

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