Photo copyright: Ted Strutz

Photo copyright: Ted Strutz

As water splashed my face, I realised that it was time to get up. When I was a sleepy teenager my mum always knew how to break through my teenage inertia. A wet flannel and a bowl of steaming porridge usually did the trick. Perhaps we all need a splash of water at some point, I certainly did and still do. But now as a writer I see water in a different light: it is life. There are many differing shades of water. In the dark times the water maybe black, but without water there is no life.

A fine day at Mevagissey

A fine day at Mevagissey

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  1. Dale

    Water is definitely the stuff of life.

    1. Michael Humphris

      We often unwisely grumble at rain here in England. But the rain helps keep everything fresh and really green.

      1. Dale

        So true. And we grumble about the cold, the heat, the rain, the lack of rain… 🙂

        1. Michael Humphris

          I guess it is natural, all living creatures are to some extent dependent on the weather

  2. rochellewisoff

    Dear Mike,

    I used water to wake my kids, too. 😉 Once I put on red lipstick and kissed my youngest awake. As for your story…loved the use of water.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Rochelle. You had me smiling at the use of lipstick, lovely.

  3. ceayr

    All philosophical again, Michael.
    I like how you lead us in.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you C.E. Over the last week I needed to pen a newsletter for a small garden model railway group that I am part of. hopefully now I will how be able to get my brain back into a writing fiction mode.

  4. Iain Kelly

    This current heatwave and drought is reminding us how precious water is and how most of us take it for granted.

    1. Michael Humphris

      As a child I was able to play in marshland and streams. I became almost a waterbaby. I now have a love of water, and value it.

  5. Rowena

    Loved this Michael. I probably need to give myself the cold wet flannel treatment in the morning. I’m hopeless unless it involves the morning after midnight. My son also likes his porridge. Thought you might enjoy my day out yesterday:
    Best wishes,

    1. Michael Humphris

      Rowena lovely to see your pictures of Terrigal Beach, it looks lovely, a swimmers paradise?

      1. Rowena

        It is a great swimming beach. The Southern end, which is at the bathing pool, has very small waves and it was great when we were kids and my mother also loved it. Further up the Northern end, has bigger waves and is more popular with surfers.
        I also remember we could get ourselves spraying with coconut oil at the beach bac in the day…it was so luxurous and tropical. Never crossed my mind that I was frying myself.

        1. Michael Humphris

          Coconut is lovely, I love coffee with coconut milk, homemade curries with coconut milk.

          1. Rowena

            I had a fabulous Chai Latte in Sydney’s Surry Hills which was made on coconut milk. It was like a fluffy cocnut cloud. However, when I went back, the cafe had closed. I tried one locally but it wasn’t the same. You’ve nudged me to get back on the trail and see what I can find.
            Best wishes,

          2. Michael Humphris

            Hi Rowena, good luck with your search. I have found that few cafes have the right skills to make good coffee with coconut milk.

          3. Rowena

            It’s the same here, although I was out with a friend for coffee and she ordered a chai and it jogged my memory for I might talk to that cafe and see what they could come up with. They have the right sort of mindset to take it on, which is a start.

          4. Michael Humphris

            Have you tried chai ? I first tried it when visiting a family from India in the late 1970s. It’s composition can vary a lot. I liked it. There is welcome rain here today, so I am going to try my hand at writing a romance, which will be somewhat out of my comfort zone.

  6. StuHN

    It’s raining today, and people grouse about the rain. Without it, where would we be. I share Iain’s pain. The water can calm and refresh.

    1. Michael Humphris

      If one is on holiday, it can be sad if it rains. With my developing years, I have learnt to appreciate rain, but not deluges.

  7. pennygadd51

    I like your final sentence “In the dark times the water maybe black, but without water there is no life.” Very true, and very well expressed.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Penny.

  8. Fatima Fakier

    A few years ago we had sever water shortages, just like Cape Town is going through now. Our dams was completely dry. Very trying times. Water is life. But as is human natures, people are still wasting it today.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I do sometimes despair how little some in humanity seem to care about protecting access to clean water.

  9. Sandra

    How I can identify with this – trying to keep our vegetable patch going in this drought. Well observed.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sandra, my broad bean pods this year are half the normal length, but at least the sweet peas have done well.

  10. granonine

    I used to splash a little cold water in the face of a child having a tantrum but old enough to know better. No words needed, and the tantrum stopped with a gasp. Amazing what water can do.

    We’re certainly not having drought here in my corner of PA. It’s been a wet week. My flowers are thriing, soaking up the water like an elixir. Life-giving.

    1. granonine

      Thriving, not thriing 🙂

  11. Akshata Ram

    thats a whole new way of looking at water- nice one

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Akshata, I really appreciate your comment, thank you.

  12. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    In the drought we currently have water is such an important factor… I agree, and lack of water is death.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Bjorn good to hear from you, nature is doing her best to remind us of that.

  13. Dawn M. Miller

    Nice free write.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Dawn,

  14. plaridel

    good point. i remember the time i was in plitvice lakes in croatia observing how the lakes and waterfalls change color based on the direction of the sunlight.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am glad if I reminded you about good things, I would have loved to see such sights.

  15. James McEwan

    Water water everywhere, now is the time to write. a moment of philosophical contemplation, no doubt.

    ps – I think it’s time you cut the hedge.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi James, I have been cutting the hedge today, don’t my calf’s know it.

  16. Alicia Jamtaas

    I think many of us are thinking of water these days, and wondering why we have so many decorative plants that suck it up. Nice reminder.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Alicia, rethinking how we manage gardens and flowers may become a necessity.

  17. lisarey1990

    Beautifully written. Brilliant atmosphere.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Iisarey thank you for such a kind comment,

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