Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Moon Illusion

The other morning as I was walking from the sawmill back towards the cabin, I couldn't believe how large the moon looked just above the roofline.  I snapped what would surely be an awesome picture, only to find this...

Doesn't the moon look huge?!
So what's the deal?  It was huge in my eye, but tiny in the camera?!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Humanure Hacienda Maintenance

It's really, really surprising the difference in volume of the compost pile during the winter as compared to the summer.  Last March already I was hefting the buckets well over my head to be able to get them piled on top of the existing material.  I didn't switch to the other side, and just continued piling, but then the spring arrived, the pile began to shrink, and then accelerated, and now we've spent the entire summer STILL piling on the same side of the hacienda and yet the pile is currently about three quarters of the way full.

Pragmatically though, I know that all good things must come to an end, so the other nice day, I mucked out the opposite side of the structure to ensure space this coming winter.

Backing in the ATV gets easier each time.

Making a good dent in the old pile.

You can see that the pile that was overflowing in March is still quite manageable in October.
Donna was accepting of me putting the old compost down at the start of the ravine, where things have gotten very mucky this year due to much increased traffic in that spot as I now use it as a turnaround for the ATV and trailer.

We also discussed the hacienda a bit, and I think we agree the upcoming plan for it would include putting a roof over the top of both sides to keep some of the snow out.  This would hopefully keep the pile from increasing in volume quite as quickly in winter - I believe that we are actually preserving quite a bit of snow by covering it in layers of sawdust until the summer sun can finally penetrate deep into things.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

First World Woodstove Problems

On a whim last week we purchased a 14" pre-made pizza at the store to bake next time we ran the stove at the supper hour.

I popped it onto our cast iron flat frying pan, and was chagrined to see that our oven is probably only about 13" wide.

I ended up creating two extra bread sticks to make things work out.  Oh well, I had some caesar salad dressing that I used as a dip and it was great!

Fits like a glove now!

Extra treats for Daddy, who DIDN'T need them!
I also got to eat most of the pizza, as there were a few hot banana peppers on it, and when Kenny hit one, he aborted his whole meal.

Live and learn - not only do I have to remember to avoid oversize foods in the oven, I also have to tell myself not to eat three quarters of a pizza (and some pumpkin pie later in the evening) if I want to have a restful sleep with fewer bellyaches.