The guys recently emptied the “green monster” composter of rich, black soil full of redworms filling up almost 2, 55 gallon drums.
Today we gals will also be trying our hand at making cheese from goat’s milk (not from our goat’s milk — yet!). Should be fun.
The goats are finally settling into their new environment. They, however, don’t particularly like power blowers and lawn mowers used by the schools lawn maintenance crew. The black goat’s (Pixie Dust) bleating sounds similar to a cell phone, the white goat (Ceolan) has a higher more echoed bleat. We still have yet to name them. Although we did jot down a few possibilities over lunch.
Once we get the goats settled, it’s then time to look at hatching chickens. Jules has some new ideas for the animal enclosure and a better feeding system. He’s thinking about building a feeding station so that all the animals can eat easily and not get into each other’s food. So that’s a whole new project to work on these next few months.
Solar shower & blue bottle bed
The revamped solar shower is finished (see theoriginal) ! Jules mounted the black hose that will heat the water and added a two way valve so that we can adjust the temperature of the water. Thanks to JBB for telling us about the wood fencing that was going to be thrown away by her neighbor and to Johan for carpentry help to implement our improvements to the shower. The “blue bottle bed” around the solar shower was planted with banana, sugar cane, mints, jasmine and nasturtiums. A interesting side note about the nasturtium: These seeds were gathered by Justin from San Francisco on a hill slope facing the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge.
Saturday, Jordanne & I went to represent PTF with our display as part of “The Road to a Just Society” Leadership Forum with Frances Lappe, David & Fran Korten. Thanks to Marty of All Saints Church for inviting us to be a part of this community event. Frankie Lappe (as they called her) was an exceptional speaker. Afterwards we met Lappe (founder ofSmall Planet Institute) and Fran Korten executive director ofYES! Magazine
I couldn’t help feel a mixture of positive and pessimistic emotions during this conference. The speeches and visions presented made you feel hopeful. Yet, when you took a look around the room, “the majority of us in this room are grey/white hair,” as one man who stood up bluntly put it in his question to the panel of speakers.
The dreary, foggy mornings that burn off to a hazy afternoon sunshine pattern still continue. I think we are nearing two weeks of this weather pattern.
This week we’ll re-plaster the oven. It should be ready as we’ve been wetting it down and covering it in old wet sheets since Thursday. Yesterday, while Jordanne and I were at work at the Tea House, Justin poked little holes all over the oven to make sure the plaster coat will stick.