No rest for the wicked, so they say. I don’t think I was wicked, just very busy for most of the day.
Up at 0730, had a cup of rooiboss, and got ready for the gym for my exercise rehab session.
Out the door at 0810, had a great workout, and then back home to get stuck into the garden. Watered the entire veggie patch and did a little bit of maintenance (pruning runaway tomato bushes), but half way through, Kim brought out breakfast to me, and we ate it al fresco. A bacon, egg and mushroom toasted sandwich. How decadent, but Sunday is our once a week breaky treat day.
After breakfast, it was back to watering. Kim went next door at about 1000, and I then cleaned out the chook house. It was just their sleeping house this week. I clean out the run fortnightly, and their little house once a week. The house generates about two 10 litre buckets of chook poo and pea straw, which I let rest and dry right out for a week and then either use it for mulch or dig it in to a new bed. The plants love me for it. Here are the happy chickens after I put them back in their coop. They are all very healthy, and love the perch I made for them out of the dead cherry tree from the front yard.
After the chook house, I decided to clean up the shed. I was sick of hoarding all of the e-waste that I had collected over the years, and removed four wheelbarrow loads of old monitors, computers, DVD players, and other consumer electronics. I put them in a pile near the Hybrid, and will take them to the recycling centre when I find one.
Then I tidied up the benches, sorted through all of the glass jars I have collected over the winter, put all the PETE bottles back in their boxes and swept the floor. I should have taken a before shot, but all you have to imagine is over a year of neglect with junk everywhere. A bit of a bomb site. This is what it looks like now. Very tidy.
I now have an area for my home brew making on the steel bench, and probably enough room for soap making as well. Notice the Caustic Soda to the right. I nearly have all the ingredients now, just got to track down some coconut oil. And yes, I like Star Trek!
I also have a place for all of my fowlers-vacola jars and preserving pan.
And a little to the left.
It gets quite hot in the shed, so when I work in there, I have a pedestal fan turned on. To keep the home brew fermenter at a constant temperature, I put it under the bench sitting on the concrete slab. It keeps it at about 24C during the summer months, which is just right for brewing.
I finished the shed after about 3 hours of hard labour, and decided to have a little rest. Just as I sat down, Kim came back home and asked if I would like a glass of Perry from Henry of Harcourt. I certainly didn’t refuse an offer like that. It was divine.
Then I caught up with some paper work. I had a look at the course notes for the Carbon Accounting course I start tomorrow. I am looking forward to it and am very excited. Hopefully, I will meet some other like minded people during the course, and it will open a few new doors for me. Will have to wait and see.
At about 1600, I decided to make dinner from the garden. I even wrote a short post about it. I forgot to mention that I had home preserved plums and icecream for desert, and Kim and the kids had a piece of chocolate marble cake that Megan made yesterday.
As the evening draws to a close, I am about to watch a TV show on SBS called Changing Climate, Changing Times. It is from France, and looks pretty good. I let you know if it taught me anything new.