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Confidence in our (mineral) water

It was such a day today.

It was already clear last night that the kitchen faucet had health problems. The hot water tap turned loosely and made a strange sound. It is one of the 9 kitchen faucets here in the village, and the most used.

Used day in, day out; just keep on running – another jet of wonderfully clear mineral water

Hot or cold. Well, we actually don’t have cold water, because this thermal water comes from the well at a temperature of 30º. The earth warms it in the subterranean lake, the spill-over runs spontaneously through the bathhouse. Of course it cools down a bit on the way, but in the summer you have to put a bottle in the fridge if you really want cold water.

Talk about dutifully. Or reliable! Everything with “faithfulness” is pretty much applicable to that tap.

He’d been there for years. One of the first faucets plus water pipes that I installed myself.

That was a challenge for me at the time. In the meantime I think: “I did it once – you must do everything once – so now I call the plumber.”

That is roughly 12 years ago. That’s around 144 years old in kitchen-faucet-years!

Anyway, it was clear that a replacement of the knob or the interior wouldn’t do. And because you need water so many times, I thought it would be best if I started my day with that.

Always do the difficult things first. Then you have the rest of the day desperately thinking about why it doesn’t work and what you should do now. So I was completely prepared for situations, misery, setbacks and so on.

I step on the little ladder, turn off the water, grab the pipe wrench, and loosen the nuts with some effort. It seems as if everything has grown together, as if they do not want to let go of each other. I briefly inspect the tap, but no, nothing can be saved about this. Come on with the new one!

I’d found a brand new kitchen faucet in the workshop, in a box with the words: “Attention! The rubbers are missing!”

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I wrote that down myself, because I know me. It’s possible that you mount the tap, and it’ll leak. Then you’re spending a day discovering what’s going on. Experience writes here. I already did that once.

So I look for rubbers and even find them, push them in, screw the faucet on, walk to the stairs, and turn the water on very carefully. Everything in the expectation that if I return to the kitchen in a minute, I will be confronted with a fountain that is spraying in all directions.

But what the ….! Nothing of that! The water is in the water pipe, and when I turn on the tap, it just works. And when I close it, the water just stays inside!

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How about that?

It was such a day today. The rest also went so smoothly. Oh, why doesn’t such a day last your entire life?

(foto of the faucet: credits: objects@arkela)

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We moved here in 2000 from Rotterdam, Holland to the Termas-da-Azenha, Portugal. A big step, especially with two small children. We are busy to rebuild one of portugals cultural heirlooms: Termas-da-Azenha, an old spa which has been turned into several holiday homes, rooms and campsites, with a lots of fun things to do: swimming pool, indoor and outdoor games like pingpong, petanque and mini golf, a FancyDressingRoom and a small café. You’ll find mosaics and paintings everywhere.

The old bathhouse is going to be a museum, where you can see how things have changed. Since 2018 we call ourselves the first B&B&B in the world – Bed & Breakfast & Bathrobes. You can buy a home-made unique bathrobe/housecoat with us.

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Mineral water, source of all life

“If we take away a T here, and put a T there, with a stop there, then I think it will work,” I say while I point out everything. Broes watches, you can see him think, and eventually he agrees. His mother is not as crazy as he thought.

No, I was not talking about the high Tea, which we have every afternoon (haha) but about the pipes in order to replace the pump. The plumber has no time in the coming month, so we will have to do it ourselves.

The canalizador is a very nice man and he knows his way with water

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We have an excellent arrangement. I call him, I say that we’re not in a hurry, he comes when it suits him. But if we are in a hurry, he’ll drop everything and come right away.

We’re rarely in a hurry. But of course, you can’t leave your guests without water, can you? It happened once in the past that something was wrong with the system, and I really didn’t know what was wrong. I didn’t have as much experience as I do now. That makes a difference.

And then he was here, at 8 o’clock in the morning, and solved it. By the time the first guests woke up (luckily about everyone wants to sleep longer in the holiday) it was done. Nothing more to worry about.

An everyday hero

Now we’re not in a hurry either. The old pump is just worn after 10 years, and no longer pumps. The system has been invented and implemented by volunteer Ardy, long ago, and it still works. Again praise, Ardy!

It is up to us now to replace that one. Never done it, but I’ve worked with water enough to know, that it always remains a very annoying hole. And that is not allowed.

Water must stay in the tap. Period

It is not called tap water for nothing. Although … our water is spring water – so you can’t say that, really. According to the same logic, you should say … water must be in the spring. Period. Hm.

Well, let’s leave this logic for now …

Pure medicinal mineral water. A blessing for your skin and intestines, but a disaster for your devices. This pump has lasted a long time!

Here we are, with everything we think we need neatly spread out on the table

We make an inventory, we need some more T’s and pieces. Fine, I’ll go to the store.

“Ask for a flexible supply hose”, says Broes when I’m about to leave. I answer:  “Yes, well, I’ve never seen or heard of anything like that – yes, I know, that doesn’t mean anything, but I give you a very small chance. Zero point zero one or something. ”

And I drive away.

But: my son was right. They do have flexible connection hose. Did I know that! Now it will surely be a piece of cake.

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We moved here in 2000 from Rotterdam, Holland to the Termas-da-Azenha, Portugal. A big step, especially with two small children. We are busy to rebuild one of portugals cultural heirlooms: Termas-da-Azenha, an old spa which has been turned into several holiday homes, rooms and campsites, with a lots of fun things to do: swimming pool, indoor and outdoor games like pingpong, petanque and mini golf, a FancyDressingRoom and a small café. You’ll find mosaics and paintings everywhere.

The old bathhouse is a museum, where you can see how things have changed. Since 2018 we call ourselves the first B&B&B in the world – Bed & Breakfast & Bathrobes. You can buy a home-made unique bathrobe/housecoat with us.

Each week a little blog about what is happening around us. An easy read. A few minutes in another world. A little about what it going on in Portugal. If you plan your holiday to Portugal, it might be a nice preparation. We have some nice special offers on our site.

You can subscribe to this blog:

 

You’ll get it every weekend in your mailbox.

On Sunday morning we publish it on our Facebook Page, on Google+, on Pinterest, and on monday on LinkedIn.