Archive for September, 2009

Yurt platform finished

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

The platform is now cut to size with stops at regular intervals to stop the walls from shifting. A heavy duty plastic strip has been attached right round the edge and folded up between the felt and inner canvas layers to stop rain being driven in. The outer canvas layer fits neatly over the edge of the platform, so the yurt should have no problems with rainwater coming in from the base.

Platform edge cut to size

Platform edge cut to size.

Steps were constructed from sawmill offcuts and offcuts from the platform floor.

Yurt platform steps

All that remains now is to fit the stove but we want to test out the Mongolian stove supplied with the yurt to see how well it performs and how much smoke escapes through its many air gaps before deciding whether to fit this one or the small Danish woodburner that we brought out from the UK. The lack of dampers on the Mongolian stove may decide us in favour of the Danish one.

Quinta wildlife #6

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

The Moorish or Crocodile gecko (Tarentola mauritanica) on the underside of the roof tiles in the casinha. There’s a colony of around 5 of them. This one’s regrowing its tail.

Gecko on the underside of the roof tiles

Pirates of the Caribbean anyone?

Yurt raising

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Saturday dawned dry. While Aonghas mopped the overnight rain off the yurt platform, Oonagh and I shifted all the yurt bits bar the door down from the casinha, where they’d been stored since April, to the middle terrace (fantastic teamwork! High 5 guys!), and welcomed our yurt-raising team – Andy and Sophie plus WWOOFer Helen from Quinta das Abelhas, and Pete and Cynthia from Quinta da Mizarela.


Yurt platform ready for yurt!

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Only 10 minutes’ worth of laptop battery power left so very short post … but the yurt platform is now ready for the yurt. Yurt-raising on Saturday.

Yurt platform ready for yurt

Mega arroz doce

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

We’re back! And just in time for Benfeita Quiosque’s practice run at next year’s attempt at the world’s largest rice pudding for the Guinness Book of Records. A 3m x 1m giant pan with integral gas burners was delivered the day after we arrived, and on Sunday 13th September, the whole village turned out for the pudding-making.

The pudding-making underway

The pudding making underway. JCB standing by to lift the lid back on.