Thursday, January 14, 2010

Stonnington Again

Remember back here when I wondered what these fittings were for at the renovated and redeveloped Stonnington? As soon as saw the purple fitting recently, I immediately understood. In fact if you look at the original photo, the clue was there, that is there was a fitting coloured purple.

They are inlets for water storage, the purple one being an inlet for recycled water. Somewhere underground there will be large storage tanks. The recycled water has been put to very good use, producing the most luscious fine, green lawns that would do an English manor proud and beautiful healthy looking plants and trees.

It is the way of the future. The rich will have green grass and trees and the poor will have gravel.


  1. "...the poor will have gravel."

    One handful, hot, for breakfast, if Monty Python's 'Four Yorkshire-men' sketch is to be believed.

  2. ah! mystery solved. I had thought they were gas, but too close to the fence etc etc.

    I am in a house with solar power that feeds into the grid what I don't use (a lot). our weird future.

  3. ...'let them tread gravel'...

  4. Mister X9:42 am

    Ron Walker (ol' ginger) has installed a bore water pipe for his pool and garden. Half of Toorak are doing it. And it ain't cheap: $510 up front for a licence to drill and around $15,000 for the job. Then there's maintenance costs, and so on. But hell, who cares, it's the latest thing among the haves and have-nots and there's always gotta be something ha ha. You don't know these people, they're so wealthy they don't even shop. "Money?" they say, "What's that?" They won't even touch the stuff, too dirty.
    Really, you just can't comprehend the lives of these people: Toorak and Portsea; middle-income clots think they're well-off, what a laugh. The barrier is bigger than the Great Wall of China.

  5. Brian, is that the 'we were so poor' piece? I know it but did not realise it came from Monty Python.

    Ann, the owner is compensated very badly in Victoria for feeding power into the grid. Not so in NSW.

    Clever, Victor.

    Indeed Mr X. But I would hate to see beautiful gardens die though.

  6. Ahh, the feed in tariff in Vic for solar power has changed now, Andrew - odd how that happened right after the federal solar rebate stopped, hmmm?
    It's approx. 66cents per kW and you get paid in cold hard cash after the 4th quarter.
    On the Mornington Peninsular sewerage is going through but homeowners are being encouraged to retain the old septic tanks and these are used as inground water tanks, with pump attached.

  7. Eww, old septic tanks! And people complain about drinking recycled water. I wasn't aware of the electric change. I still think there is some catch to it compared to NSW.

  8. Mister X1:40 pm

    Bore water belongs to everyone but only the rich can have it, they fill their pools; Lady Hislop's roses are behind a big wall where no one can see them.
    My little garden won't die because I have only four baths or showers a year and put the otherwise wasted water -thousands of litres- on it. That's the truth, and I'll go to court over it.
    What geese people are that have to shower every bloody day -some twice a day- or they feel SMELLY! Stooges! Why should eighty year-old trees in parks and footpaths die because of a vain irrational totally paranoid myth about "hygiene".
    Amid all the talk and chatter and wanting to have lived for some useful purpose do something!...Instead of having your stupid shower tomorrow put the water around a tree instead. And there, you'll have purpose.

  9. Showers cleanse the body and the soul. Your sins can drain down the plug hole and you feel refreshed. You should try it some time.

  10. How wishful. Your sins are imperishable, never go away.

  11. Different blogs have different commenting requirements, an "in-house style". A tone, I guess. Some take themselves very seriously, you can't crack jokes, or go off topic. My favourite is Copperwitch, I've never been told to buzz off, never had to disguise myself.

    Running over
    Running over
    My cup is full and running over
    [clapping:] Since the Lord saved me
    I'm as happy as can be
    My cup is full and running over.

    That's from Sunday School: the little Baptist hall on Chapel Street. The indoctrination was terrible, but we played games, danced on stage. There wasn't much else for poor children.