Wednesday, September 13, 2006

A Busy Summer

Where did the summer go? I worked on a few of the items on my list:

• Moved and expanded our solar clothes dryer (aka: clothes line)
• New refrigerator – slightly larger and uses less than half the electricity of the old one
• New high efficiency washer – 14 gallons per load as compared to 50 for the old one
• Rebuilt water trailer
• Graded around the cistern and put in a circular drive
• Relocated and extended fencing around the house
• Painted the house and both out buildings
• Built a stone patio
• Built a stone walkway (almost finished)
• Replaced the guttering on the house
• Moved house guttering to both out-buildings
• Installed rain water harvesting on out-buildings
• Bought another cistern to be used for harvesting rain from the house (not yet installed)
• Bought materials for a grey water system (to be installed)
• Finished some trim work on one out-building
• Built and tested temporary shutters for the house for passive cooling
• Built a deck on the house
• Installed wire fabric to deter burrowing animals
• Tested drip irrigation and a timer
• Built a solar cooker
• Replaced the pressure switch on water pump
• Tested a film on south facing window
• Bought an experimented with an infrared thermometer
• Added more bird feeders
• Installed cages around Russian Sage that were being eaten
• Located and installed a quick disconnect on water tank

The weather is changing, the days are getting shorter and I’m looking forward to returning to this blog and renewing some friendships with fellow bloggers in California, Canada, Australia, the UK, Florida, and other parts of the US.


Blogger Buffalo said...

Welcome back to blogland, Paul. You've been missed.

9/14/2006 07:48:00 AM  
Blogger Alex Pendragon said...

What Buf said, Paul. We did miss you. You certainly have been busy, haven't you? There are tons of things I'd love to do around here if I only had the funds. I hope all your experiments are proving successful. It would be nice to be able to say, "If Paul could do it, anyone could!"

9/14/2006 01:38:00 PM  
Blogger Whitesnake said...

I was
were ya been?

9/14/2006 02:36:00 PM  
Blogger Gaye said...

Goodness... that's alot of work! Bet you're proud of the results though. Glad you're back... missed you.

9/14/2006 06:12:00 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Okay, I'm tired after just reading that list.

9/16/2006 07:33:00 AM  

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