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“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill

… and not a drop to drink. It’s a quote taken from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  Why am I thinking about water?  Because we’ve bought a house and twenty acres – and water is important.  The water for the house is what we collect off the roof.  That’s  a concern in the middle of a drought (last few months) and not of concern when it’s pouring with rain (now).  I was fascinated by this rain barrel designed by Bas van der Veer.  It looks like fun.  It looks like nothing else on the market – which is a shame really considering this design won the Rene Smeets Prize in 2009!  Though I do wonder about it’s structural integrity – water is heavy.

While we very efficiently collect water off the roof of the house, you can see from the photo below of our garage that we also waste it – I hate waste!

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