Archive for July, 2013

Fizz pop

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Quite by accident, I discovered last year how to make fizzy drinks using natural wild yeasts and have been making them since. The bubbles are small and soft, not large and sharp like those in artificially carbonated drinks. The flavours are wonderful and the drinks incredibly thirst quenching on a hot summer’s day. And they’re ridiculously easy to make.

Elderflower champagne in the making

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Solar water heater

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

It seems a bit odd to be writing about solar water heating while it’s raining, but rain (and teens still sleeping off a night’s clubbing) is a great excuse to catch up the blog and leave the vegetable garden to water itself for once.

When we completed the plumbing and electrics for the cob bathroom back last November, I mentioned we’d allowed for a yet-to-be-built solar water heater to be used instead of the wood-burning water heater or bailarina in Summer. With such a wet and late Spring, it was April before we got the solar heater construction under way, but we’ve been enjoying hot showers from it since.

Simple solar water heater

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Cob and earthen plaster recipes

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

There are a lot of projects underway simultaneously at the moment, but two of them have involved clay plastering. There is the cob bathroom, now well and truly dry and ready for plastering inside and out. And there is the interior of the upper room of the smallest of the two dry-stone schist animal houses on the quinta, the ‘wee house’.

Sieving clay for earthen plaster

Rather than include the recipes in posts about the buildings, I’m describing them here separately for ease of reference.

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