A statue of a poor Victorian girl with her water bowl filled from the heavens. She stands on a public drinking fountain as the donor, Lady Somerset and her society, were encouraging temperance at a time when clean water was not so readily available to many. And still in keeping with the point of the message, are the drinkers who sit around or sleep it off, on the public benches of the embankment gardens.

Lady Somerset and temperance statue in embankment gardens
“I was thirsty and ye gave me drink.” – inscription

I have featured this statue before as I have a special liking for her – there is a tangible sense of thankfulness sculpted into the girl’s expression and in the way she holds the bowl. Especially so when the late wintry sun sheds some its gold tones onto her outstretched hands.

Comment: Many of us in the West do not drink the tap water – I certainly eschew boiling it for hot drinks and so bottled mineral water is popular (think of all that plastic!). Now in California there is a health trend to drink untreated water! Meanwhile 1 in 10 people in the world lack access to clean water – see charity water

Postscript: As of tomorrow I shall be having surgery on my hand and so will be a plastered (in the sober sense) one handed blogger for six weeks or so. 



12 thoughts on “Water

  1. Wishing you all the best with plastering and plastered state. You make some good points about water. Another serious resource with which we need to get to grips with adult mindset.

      1. A growing problem too with climate shift and tree cutting, the two in vicious cycle, and on top of this, the problem who owns the land with the surviving water sources…

  2. Good luck with your operation now, Laura. Hopefully you will still be here at WP!?
    Our water in Sweden is very good, and we always drink it as it is. Many people still buy the bottled water when eating out or go hiking. I almost never do. Water is to be grateful for and we should let go of plastics…

    1. Thank you Leya – I shall be back before too long. I drink the tap water but boil mineral and never carry plastic water bottles around with me. Swedish water is undoubtedly nicer than London 🙂

  3. It has often occurred to me that there are far to many cases where we need our water purifying because of the industries that have polluted it, while failing to take measures to clean it before releasing it back into the environment. Until industries are made to clean up the messes they make of the environment we will all be billed for them, whether we use their products and services or not. It’s a matter of awareness, and most of us are not aware of how big companies constantly pollute our air, water and environment without bearing the cost. Of course, they might pass it onto the consumer, but that would dissuade many from buying their products.

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