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The Big Dig
Putting the lid on
Feb and March fly by
10 July 2015
02 Feb 2016
02 Feb 2016
So far this has been an unusual Winter, in fact, it seems like we've missed Winter and gone straight from Autumn to Spring. The number of sun days and the temperatures have been higher than normal. Unfortunately rainfall has been less as well - and we could really do with some reasonable quantities of rain. Although I can't help thinking that we may pay for such a temperate Winter with late frosts possibly? Hope not, the almond blossom is early and exceptional this year, let's hope a late frost doesn't scupper the crop.
A slow start
After such a lovely rest over Christmas it's been hard getting back to earthship work. That water tank is still waiting to be finished. I know, I know, I said last time how urgent it is to get done, especially after our toilet had a bit of a funny turn a few weeks ago and lost us nearly 600ltrs of precious water - tccch!
Anyhoo, we did get back to it and started on the porch. The roof has been raised to match the main roof, which will mean the water from it can now go into the big tank (when it's finished).
I also laid more of the blockies which will support our reclaimed window/door frame wall that is going to make up the outside structure of the porch. Before you shout in horror why blockies? Why not tyres? Let me answer - space. This is quite a narrow area and tyres would take up just too much room.
I also did a bit of mudding on the battery house. The white area is the left over water proofing gloop that we used on the water tank - I couldn't waste it could I?!
Time for Tea?
Lastly I thought I'd show you a taster (no pun intended) of the art I've been creating lately... onto tea bags.
My two favourite types of bag to paint onto are Clipper Organic Redbush unbleached bags and Heath & Heather Wild Blackcurrant. Apart from the teas being delish, the bags hold watercolour paint remarkably well.
I work from my own photos and do sketches first to get familiar with the subject. The bee and almond blossom sketch below is waiting to be tea bagged, although it's a bit intricate for such a tiny bag - need to get some super specs to do it me thinks!
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