Saturday, September 01, 2007

The answer is a lemon...

One thing that we in NZ are blessed with - from country village to major city - is water. Where there is reticulation ("government provided") the standard is generally very high. I can think of only one town where I have thought the water quality was less than "nice". It was a rural town that depended upon bores for supply and it was some 10 weeks since the last significant rain...

I have had to "learn" that balance between sufficient water in my body and triggering another bout of water retention and the onset of another gout attack - yes they are apparently connected. As a result I am down to two or less cups of coffee a day plus a cup of tea and during the rest of the day I get through perhaps a litre of cold plain water. That usually entails having a tumbler sitting on the kitchen bench or in the fridge for the occasional sip...

We have a Meyer lemon tree outside the lounge. It is grafted onto a miniature stock and is a very nice little tree with even nicer lemons. We get four crops a year off it. Well, normally we do. This last year the "second" and "third" crops were left on the tree too long with the result that the fourth crop went missing. The first thing I was told when I went looking for causes is that lemons like to be picked and not left on the tree.

I am now adding a couple slices of lemon to the glass of water that I have sitting on the bench.

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