Archive for February, 2010

All fired up again again

Friday, February 26th, 2010

With the stove working daily for almost two months now, it was obvious the flue was becoming obstructed with creosote deposits. When it got to the stage of smoking the yurt out every time we opened the stove door to add more wood, it was time to do something about it.

I also wanted to make a slight modification to my earlier modifications. (The upside-down flue pipe has been working perfectly. No leakage of creosote or smoke.)


Carnaval in Côja!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

It rained!

And the fireworks were awesome. Edinburgh Festival eat your heart out.

The Two Musketeers, Oonagh and Foxglove

The Two Musketeers, Oonagh and Foxglove.


Prune on the waning moon | Podar no Minguante

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Podar no Minguante, menos damasqueiros e morangueiros (prune on the waning moon, except for apricots and strawberries). So says February’s Agricultura/Jardinagem section in the Borda d’Água, the Portuguese almanac that most people hereabouts seem to follow. So we’ve been following suit, especially since our neighbours told us that they’d also been informed that the February waning moon was the time to prune olives.

Olive pruning

Oonagh up the tree, Helen cutting the sawn branches into stove-sized lengths


Compost toilet, bin and log store

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

We’ve been busy building a compost bin and wood store, not least because material for composting has been piling up from both the composting toilet and kitchen, and our firewood has been both rotting and remaining damp underneath its tarpaulin.

Oonagh helped for a while, but was really more interested in rehearsing her outfit for carnaval. So Helen and I did most of the work. Both compost bin and log store are now functioning, but we still need to build the roof to keep the rain off.


Oonagh “helping” to build the compost bin