Friday, May 18, 2018

Never the twain should be mixed

R tells me I am talking nonsense, but heavily drummed into me as a youngun was to never drink water or fill the kettle from the hot tap. I think he may have forgotten his childhood. I actually thought the reason was that the hot water system had a copper lining and you would ingest copper from the hot water. It seems it was all about the header tank. Yes, we had one, that filled the header tank of the gravity fed electric hot water system in the roof. My mother still has such a system. Our bathroom renovations, when they eventually happen, will have mixer taps. Our kitchen has a nice mixer tap. Mixer tap or not, I will always fill the kettle with cold water from the cold water swivel.

You may find this video about the English and their separate taps amusing. I remember a couple of English houses we stayed in had pull cords for light switches as it was dangerous to have bathroom wet hands and touch an electrical switch. I also remember one such place did not have a power point in the bathroom, problematic for me with an electric shaver. Given many of you are of a certain age, do you remember or still follow, drinking water does not come from the hot tap?


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  1. I am with you, I only drink water and fill the teapot from the cold water tap. Your post has me wondering why, but that is what I continue to do.

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    1. Terra, it what we grew up with and that is how it is.

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  2. That one passed me by.
    Mind you, one of my saddest memories of my mother is when her coffee loving self announced that instant would do 'and don't bother to boil a jug. Just use hot water from the tap'. That told me that she had given up.

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    1. EC, ghastly. I don't mind if my coffee goes a bit cold, but it has to be hot to begin with to taste right.

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  3. Yep, same here, always told to fill le kettle from le cold water tap, no matter how impatient I may be for coffee.

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    1. Jayne, we cannot fight against it. To fill from the hot would be doing a terrible wrong.

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  4. Think of all the things we were told in childhood that sound questionable or hilarious now eg ladies who sit in trams with their knees apart are vulgar; lollies will destroy your teeth; swimming in the open ocean/bay clears out your nose and chest; men with tattoos can spread infections etc etc

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    1. Hels, the first two aren't true? I think they are. Another one was don't swim for an hour after eating or you will get stomach cramps. Men with tattoos may have been sailors and more likely to have some disease they could transmit.

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    2. I've sat with my knees apart all my life, keeping knees together gives me hip and back pain.

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  5. Sorry Lee. I accidently deleted your comment.

    Lee wrote: I do similar, Andrew...for the same reason...copper.

    I never drink water from the hot water tap...nor do I boil water from the hot water tap. I always fill my electric "jug"*** with from the cold water tap.

    *** My electric jug is actually in the shape and style of a kettle...it is ceramic...It used to belong to my late brother...and I love it.

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    1. Lee, there is no real logic to it. The water usually arrives by copper pipes and hot water systems are no longer lined with copper, but we can't fight against what 'we know'.

      Your jug (so tempting to add an extra s) sounds interesting. I would guess a jug has that finer wire element and a kettle the larger protected element.

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    2. The element in my electric ceramic kettle is similar to those in electric jugs, (see...I said "jugs" for you), Andrew.

      Some habits are hard to break...and some warnings continue to be heeded.


      I'm not going to change my way re the water taps etc. As it is, I always boil my water for drinking, anyway....water from the cold water tap. :)

      Here on the mountain everyone is reliant on their own water supply - from either rain-water tanks or bore water...or, like this property on which I live and rent...our water supply is from both rain and bore. I prefer to boil my drinking water, because god only knows what gets into the tank!

      We do have crystal-clear beautiful water from the aquifer, though. Brisbane's Castlemaine Brewery and Coca Cola take tanker loads of it off the mountain all the time.

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    3. Lee, taking water from aquifers troubles me, especially when inadequate rain is falling to replenish them. Beer made with crystal clear water = good. Water in bottles rather than from the tap = bad, although I would buy water if the tap supplied bore water.

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    4. I never buy bottled water, Andrew...and have to laugh to myself when I see people up here buying it at the supermarket. Most of it probably comes from here!

      Seeing tanker loads of water being taken off our mountain concerns me, too...as it does others who live here.

      No matter what the "experts" say about the mountain aquifer being flush with water...I still work on the principle..."there are only so many slices one can take from a cake".

      I hate water wastage in any form.

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    5. Lee, I think it is worth me writing a post on its own about the taking of ground water.

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  6. I like you was taught to not put hotwater into the jug to boil. So it's always cold water into jug for me, even when I'm putting water into the saucepans it's always from the cold tap or boiled water from the jug.
    My mother taught me this, and for some reason I still do it..
    Always put water from the cold tap into the jug and boil each night, so that if there is no power or water in the morning you always have some....that comes from being without both when first married - the swans would fly from a lagoon not too far from where we lived when first married, the power would go out, the pump from the river would stop - so hence me learning to have a jug of boiled water, at least one could make a cuppa for breakfast :)

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    1. Margaret, of course. Water for the saucepans to cook your food in must come from the cold water tap. Ah, all sorts of things could go wrong with power and water in the country. Even here without power we barely get any water flow. I just bail out a toilet cistern I suppose for my morning coffee.

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  7. Not only do I ALWAYS drink water from the cold tap, but I ALWAYS refill the kettle with fresh water before boiling. Our water is pumped direct from a nearby spring, and stored in a water tower. It is then fed by pressure to all and sundry. No header tanks here.

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    1. Cro, I have heard it does make a difference when boiling water if it has already been boiled, but I can't tell. We tend to only boil enough for one cup anyway. Since you don't have central heating, how is your water heated?

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    2. In a big tank thingy, with an electric element.

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  8. When I was very young, all our water was cold, we had no hot water system. Kettles were boiled on the wood stove for coffee and for dishwashing, a "copper" in the laundry, fed with wood chips and small logs, was boiled so hot water could be bucketed into the washing machine, a chip heater in the bathroom provided hot water for baths, but that was after we had a bath installed, before that we bucketed water from the laundry copper into a large metal tub set in front of the kitchen stove, where the air was warm, for our baths. So I still always fill kettles and saucepans from the cold tap.

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    1. Wow River, a tin bath in front of a stove filled with hot water from the copper is really going back, although I think my mother and perhaps R experienced similar. As an adult I would hate it, but until puberty, you never felt dirty and baths were to be avoided. Terrific colour, thank you.

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    2. Just realised, you had a washing machine. How posh! Electric wringer type, I guess.

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  9. Well I learnt something new here tonight Andrew! I much prefer drinking warm water to cold but I usually pour it from the boiled kettle.. but do I fill the kettle from the cold tap.. maybe not every time! Will do from now on though 😱

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