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Ha. Another year.

Keep getting busy and forget to post! So anyway, let’s try and get a bi weekly update!

So what has happened to me? Well I’ve moved jobs and been working long hours. I also managed to accumulate an extra 2.5 stone as I was working in a “good food” location. So I was over eating.  The food I was eating was good, but not healthy.

Now I’m working away – I spend about 3 nights in a hotel and food is OK but fatty.

We’re going to have a go at eating a more vegetarian diet (but I’m not giving up meat).  This is starting off with growing some nice fresh herbs!

Got a helping hand! Though he wasn’t keen to get muddy at first.

Lined them with black bin liner for water proofing

Some delicate sowing followed by tidying up

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Update time!

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Time to get the sweet corn in. This is the 3rd bed in.

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Done!

First bed has garlic and broccoli

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Salad bed!

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Bean bed (4th and final)

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And a nice Belgium Blonde on the brew!

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Garden clearup

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Doing the jobs that should have been done in September… A quick snip to the raspberry canes and at the back you can see that I’ve completely stripped the brambles back, mounted some green trellis and wound the brambles up. Yes, I’m trying to tame the brambles…

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Meantime Helen cleared up the dead mint, planted some spring onions and fed the strawberries. They’re in their last year really so we need to plant some more up this year.

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Last years bean bed was cleared up, garlic planted (see last post!) and netted them so the chickens or cats don’t get it.

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The greenhouse needed a bit of a tidy and Helen was the woman for the job!

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The chickens are happy enough when you ply them with meal worms.

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And finally the grape needed trimming. It went bonkers last year claiming everything in sight. This is now set up a bit more traditionally with only fourish vines. Hopefully I’ll get better grapes.

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Solar generation

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Having bought and installed an emonPi, I can now remotely  review my solar generation vs usage. Bit worried that my panels continue to generate 170w in complete darkness.

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Let them eat grass

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It’s got to the time of the year when the garden is low on productivity and the chickens can free range and clear up the parasites that have dug themselves into the top soil.

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They’re obviously enjoying themselves

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And its time to empty the compost heaps onto the beds so I was very pleased to see this in the first one I turned.

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Generation

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Yesterday we managed just under 10kw (up from a measly 60w on Friday, but they were commissioned just as they got dark)

Today its been very foggy and dark, yet we’ve still managed about 4kw and its only lunch time.

I lose the Envoy on Monday night so I’ll only be able to work it out by checking out the meter.

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Panels

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No generation yet, they’re not plugged in but we will by tomorrow!

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Solar Panel install #2

 

 

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Making a home forge!

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Take a 1960s morris minor wheel, stick some metal prongs on it

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Add a bike bit to help distribute the air

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Add biscuit tin

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Weld

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Add charcoal and fire!

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And metal!

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And air. Its not supposed to melt like that by the way…

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Bend! And you can make anything! Like a fire crane!

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Pizza oven firing door

Wooden doors burn. Metal ones don’t.

So… Biscuit tins

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Did the job, hardly any burning, hotter pizza oven much quicker than normal!

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