I didn’t realise that the assignments would take up so much time, but at least I am enjoying every minute of it. It really gets the problem solving juices flowing, and keeps the brain active. On Monday night, I will start the 1200 word report, which is basically the stats from the inventory, but presented in an easy to read manner, with pie charts and recommendations to assist in footprint reductions. Should be a good week.
If you are in Melbourne on Friday, pop over to the Sustainable Living Festival and track me down at the ATA stand. I will be working there from 1000-1200 and possibly in the afternoon. I have taken my volunteer day from work so that I can participate. I hope to catch up with Maeva, who I met a while ago. She and her hubby Peter are giving a presentation called “How Much Can a Polar Bear? A Voyage From Suburban Melbourne to the Arctic“. It is about the affects of climate change on the Arctic Ocean that they witnessed on they last voyage on the Tyhina. It will be great to see her again. If the weather is cool, Kim wants to go and have a look on Saturday as well. I will see if Megan and Amy want to come along. I think we will make a day of it.
Megan has joined the Environment & Sustainablity group at her high school, and they are petitioning the school council for Solar PV, water tanks, recycle bins and other cool stuff. I will have more info on this during the week, as Megan promised to write something from me about the group. I believe that she is also going to talk to the entire school at the next assembly about the group and what they hope to achieve. I am very proud of her!
Tomorrow, I embark on my first cheesemaking lesson at the local community centre. I will give a full report tomorrow night.
Today I made 3 bottles of tomato pasta sauce from about 2kg of tomatos that we picked last week. There is still another 2kg that is ready to pick, so I will harvest those tomorrow night.
I picked 2kg of jalepeno chillies last Monday night and made a big batch of Hot Chilli Chutney. It is wicked stuff, and hotter than hot english mustard. Here is my handy work. Before opening you put it in the fridge and when cold, give it a good shake. That makes the oil mix into the chutney and changes it into a paste like consistency. I will probably give a few jars away, because last year we only managed to get through 4 jars.
Other than those few thing, not much else going on. The news is still full of bushfire stories, and will probably be that way for a while. I heard that the firefighters will have it all under control in the next few days so that will be a big relief for the families that live in fire prone areas.
Here is to a cool week, so that the threat can be reduced. Best of luck to our brave emergency services teams. I hope that business quiets down for you real soon!