Sunday, March 6, 2016

The looong slooow summer continues

The hot weather continues, the garden is looking stressed, and we haven't had rain for a long while now. It can be a bit depressing, but things will change. Eventually.

The site chosen, roughly leveled and the stirrups are in place for the new shed. Nothing much happens quickly in the summer.

Well, except for the peaches, which were quick to ripen, and be eaten by parrots, but we got a few and they were delicious. :)

But slow is generally the name of the game right now. That goes for food and medicine too. These are some sauerkraut and pickles I made, and behind them are tinctures brewing. It took 6 weeks to make the tinctures and 1 week for the fermented foods. (The sauerkraut and pickles are eaten already though, that was quick!)

It's been warm here lately, and we're expecting more of the same 37°C (98.6°F) for another week at least, the unofficial temperature easily climbs over 40°C (104°F) under our veranda. Getting up before dawn and hiding inside after 9am is about the only way to get anything done. We're thankful for the fan, the insulation in the roof and the thick mudbrick walls. Although the walls have a habit of staying a tad too warm after a few days of heat, things will be much nicer once they're rendered, painted and the trees grow up.

1 comment:

  1. At least you have a plan for mitigating the heat. Even if it will take a while to implement. Trees take a while. ;)

    We had a drier than normal summer too, and made things unhappy in the garden. Lost several plants. Shows us where we need to improve. We've been here nearly 9 years, and we still don't have a shed! Not a proper one anyhoo. Just a little 3m x 3m garden shed.