We got up on Tuesday morning to find we had no water. The apartment on the ground floor opposite us was sold recently and now we have families from Russia staying there – who have no idea of water-wise habits here in dry North Cyprus. It’s been stinking hot and they had merrily used up all the water in the underground tank which serves all four apartments in our block. We get the tank automatically refilled on Thursday so had a long wait for showers, etc.
Our neighbours were most apologetic, but it fell to us to sort it out as we know the ropes in North Cyprus and they don’t. The morning was spent tracking down someone who delivers water (luckily a friend found a supplier for us), then sitting around waiting until they turned up. So lo and behold, Tuesday afternoon we had half a tankful of water delivered, were back in action – only we weren’t. There was air in the pump, the switch wouldn’t work because of that, and we weren’t able to get it sorted out until Wednesday morning when, thankfully, we had water again for washing, showers and the toilet.
We did have drinking water as we buy that here – the water supplied by the Belideye (the local council) is not for drinking, so at least we did have water on hand to drink.
I was sitting thinking about this because it was a bit of a nuisance, but it occurred to me to look on the bright side of life. It was only a day’s disruption to our water supply; we still have a roof over our head; we have power to operate lights, computer and so on. And we have gas so we could cook when we wanted to. I say this because we live in a region of huge instability with refugees and great tragedies on our doorstep: Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, the African continent. Every day we see people in tragic circumstances with very little hope of a decent water supply, let alone food, power and decent housing.
So I decided not to moan about lack of water, but to count my blessings that we normally have a regular water supply, we live in a comfortable apartment, have power most of the time, can cook when we want to, and can look out on a very pretty garden. We, my husband and I, have each other and we have four dogs who love us and three cats who, well, rule the roost, I suppose!
It’s so easy to moan about small disruptions in daily life when in the overall view life is really very good. It’s why I decided to consider my blessings and give thanks for the life I lead here in North Cyprus!