It's been a long hot drought. So long that none of our kids, including the big Bowerbird, has ever known the joys of a sprinkler in the backyard. Fortunately La Nina, kind lady, has arrived and brought some welcome rain with her. Among our kookier presents this year, was a sprinkler, all wrapped up under the Christmas tree . As soon as it was turned on the kids dived under the droplets of dancing water, making up for years of sprinkler deprivation.
My childhood is filled with memories of sprinkler games, I feel like I know all the varieties intimately - how they sound, the rainbows of refracted light they make, how they move, how the jets feel, how tough they are when jumped on, and how effectively they cool the skin on a hot day.
Of course there are always new inventions - meet the noodle head.
Mr Bowerbird made the sprinkler selection, I was after a fun factor in our device and this one moves around and can be adjusted to deliver water in certain directions. The beauty of putting it on, is it waters all our fruit trees whilst providing endless joy to the kidlets.
They all went in fully clothed, not realising how wet they'd become.
Utterly Refreshed after a good dunking.
To be honest using a sprinkler feels very naughty after all these years. I think it was pretty silly of Melbourne Water to lift the restrictions as broadly as they have, as we still live in a dry continent that can ill afford to be wasting water on lawns. Victoria had gotten used to being water wise and it seems foolish to let us go back to our old habits. On the other hand it's great to able to water the vegie patch without standing around for hours with a bucket or hose. We rent so getting a water tank is not really an option. Those squeals of watery delight are lovely. How do you feel about sprinklers? Good or bad?