Oops - I hope we've not poisoned ourselves

@boiboing (12881)
Northampton, England
April 16, 2016 1:40pm CST
My husband just asked me "What was that bottle of water on the table in the kitchen?" I told him it was the feeding water for my orchid plants. He looked at me a bit oddly and then jumped to his feet and headed into the kitchen. The penny dropped - he had used my orchid water to dilute the elderflower cordial. We had just drunk elderflower and orchid food water. Worse than that, the water was from the rainwater butt. Oops. I had wondered why it wasn't fizzy. Perhaps we'll be up all night or maybe I'll burst into bloom in the morning.
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@MALUSE (43423)
• Uzbekistan
16 Apr 16
Have you got weak stomachs? If so, be prepared.
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
16 Apr 16
I've been eating in India for 20 years and only got the runs once. So I'm fairly optimistic - but I will top up the toilet rolls in the bathroom just in case.
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@MALUSE (43423)
• Uzbekistan
16 Apr 16
@boiboing That's a good argument. What can harm you in an English village with your experience of India?
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
16 Apr 16
@MALUSE Let's hope I don't find out.
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@marlina (77795)
• Canada
16 Apr 16
I hope nothing happens.
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
16 Apr 16
me too.
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@pgntwo (22458)
• Carthage, Tunisia
16 Apr 16
If you find the bees are heading your way tomorrow morning, you'll know why...
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@PainsOnSlate (20518)
• Canada
16 Apr 16
Thanks for the laugh. Nothing is allowed on the kitchen counters unless we can drink it...or eat it.
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
17 Apr 16
That's an interesting and sensible policy.
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@akalinus (21135)
• United States
17 Apr 16
Keep the clippers handy in case anyone starts sprouting.
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@nonersays (2759)
• United States
16 Apr 16
Well, I hope neither of you get ill, or burst into flowers overnight. I would think he would ask what the water was BEFORE he deiced to use it though. lol
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@Missmwngi (10783)
• Nairobi, Kenya
16 Apr 16
Hope nothing serious happens to you
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• United States
17 Apr 16
Putting non-potable water (or anything else) in unmarked containers is never wise. It's dangerous.
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
17 Apr 16
Yep, I've learned that now.
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• United States
17 Apr 16
@boiboing Every so often there is a tragic story on the news about something caustic being placed in a bottle and a child drinking it with disastrous results.
@miniam (9233)
• Bern, Switzerland
17 Apr 16
If you in any way dont feel well please go see a doc
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
17 Apr 16
We were absolutely fine. Checked the product website for the toxicology data on the plant food (nothing to worry about) and our water butt clearly wasn't too grubby as we made it through the night without any incidents.
@miniam (9233)
• Bern, Switzerland
17 Apr 16
@boiboing Thats good to know,you can not be careful enough,please over the next few days try to *listen*to your body closely
@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Apr 16
I hope it's nothing more serious than being up all night.
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
17 Apr 16
We slept wonderfully, thank you Valerie.
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17 Apr 16
@boiboing So glad to hear it.
• China
17 Apr 16
Hope nothing's the matter! He should have asked you before diluting the elderflower cordial.It is said that the elderflower cordial is a refreshing drink for the summer.
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
17 Apr 16
No, honestly, I wouldn't expect him to do that. The error was entirely mine. He should perhaps have spotted that it wasn't fizzy but it's still 99% my fault for not labeling the bottle more clearly. He's quite short sighted and it needed more than my little scribble on the label.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
17 Apr 16
I hope you didn't get sick! =(
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
17 Apr 16
No, we're fine. I just posted to tell people we're still alive and well.
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@bunnybon7 (37399)
• Holiday, Florida
16 Apr 16
did you call poison control? you should have tried vomiting it back up at least. yuck
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
16 Apr 16
It was 20 drops in 4 pints. I've tracked down the hazard data and if I drank a whole bottle of undiluted feed the advice is only 'drink lot of water'. So I think the tiny concentration we had will be fine. The bigger risk might be the rainwater.
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@GardenGerty (102464)
• United States
17 Apr 16
If you burst into bloom I wanna see pictures. There probably was a lot of natural nutrition in that beverage.
@sgbrown (1642)
• United States
17 Apr 16
Oh no! This is funny, but I hope no one gets sick from it! With all our grandchildren coming and going, I know not to leave anything like that where they can get it. :)
• Preston, England
17 Apr 16
hopefully no harm done
@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
17 Apr 16
Oh my! I hope you two are okay ..
@allknowing (69306)
• India
17 Apr 16
I would any day prefer a bloom. I like flowers better than human beings
@Macarrosel (7541)
• Philippines
17 Apr 16
I hope everything will fine by tomorrow, especially your stomach. Good luck.
@Platespinner (17062)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
17 Apr 16
Hopefully there will be no negative consequences!