Monday, January 25, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Save 6

Hmm- I think the above post title has something to do with a water corp initiative to encourage residential houselolds to save water. In particular 6 x 10L buckets of water each day. It doesn't sound like a lot but actually in practice it is a bit of effort to save that amount of water.

Things I have been attempting to do are:
* have shorter showers. Ie 3-4 minutes
* fill up the bath for the kids with a lot less water in it
* recycle the kids bath water onto the garden. At the moment it is bucketing it out and so that depends on how my back is feeling.
* make sure taps are turned off properly and are not dripping. Relevant to an older house like ours.
* putting a bowl in the sink to collect water that gets run for things like washing vegetables or waiting for the hot water to come through. Only stuck with that idea for a couple of days though.
* and probably our best improvement so far has been replacing the cistern on the toilet with a dual flush. I reckon we have gone from using over 10L a flush to 3L.

So hopefully its making a difference. The best way I'll be able to gauge it is by our next few water bills. We have been using on average about 535L a day. Though watering over the vegie garden and the new plants I've put in will definately affect our total this summer.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tomatoes are Yellow!

One of the heirloom tomatoes growing in our garden. Tastes just like the usual red tomato! Only thing is its a huge vine and I've only gotten two fruit off the plant. So not very productive. Thinking of pulling it out for the chooks.

Speaking of chooks- one of my new layers has decided to go broody. No eggs for her this time. I decided it was too much hassle and so I'm trying to shove her off where she's sitting any chance I get. Then I've got two hens mothering one chick. That's all that left. And my other new layer is recovering from a head wound and so has gone off the lay. So no eggs at the moment. I'm in the middle of building them a new pen. I'm converting an area of our lawn for them so hopefully all my effort will be much appreciated and they'll lay me lots of lovely eggs.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy New Year!

Yes we are back from holidays down south and we had a great time. Very restful despite not getting a lot of sleep at night with Shaan. The location was gorgeous and the weather much cooler than Perth. So here's some of my favourite photos from our time away.

I took some scrapbooking with me and was surprised that I actually got 3 layouts finished. I really liked this one.

Loved having dinner out by the water out the back of where we stayed.

Dad and Kalyani kakaying at Rest Point. Sight seeing at Mandalay Beach which was the location of a ship wreck in the late 1800's. From the look of the coastline you can understand why.

Kalyani made it down to the beach. We visited Dinosaur World on our last day. These gorgeous birds were having time out. The red-tailed black cockatoo is actually a threatened species in the south-west. Can't believe it because I grew up seeing these fly overhead whenever we were bushwalking.

Don't let it eat you Hit? There was also an Australian reptile section. But all of us were too chicken or not interested when it came to having a hold of the carpet python and even drapping it over ourselves.Kalyani got to pat and feed the kangaroos.

Having a twirl of her new umbrella.

And last but not least I'll with you a pic of the smiley Shaan.