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Couldn't find a July update to ... um.. update... so I've started a new one.

I've been fighting my infrastructure here on the tiny farm for around two months now.  My roof leaked in the first East Coast Low.  I got it fixed but waited for the second low to make sure it was right.  Then, they ripped up the inside of my house to fix the ceilings.  I took the opportunity to swap to all my lights to LED bulbs while the scaffolding was up. 

Until the last two days, the solar system has been going really well.  For some reason, it's not gone to hell in a hand basket and I suspect I'll need to get someone to check it out.  Oh, and today the hotwater system burned itself out.  Nice. 

I've also been very busy with photos from the Abbey Medieval Tournament.  I like to camp on site so it's always a big month for me.  On a side note, the van is really good as a tent.  I was most comfy and got some great shots.

On another positive note, I've had an abundance to eggs (quail and chicken), lots of cherry toms, and greens. I had a nice crop of turmeric too and will harvest the ginger in the next few days. 

The big lesson for me is that the south side of the yard gets almost no sun in winter.  On the other hand, the north side is going really well.  

I need to do a video about making sourdough using the recipe Dave found for my youtube channel.  It turns out a wonderful loaf that My Rozie is very happy with.  

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 18, 2016 at 23:01

Hmm.. great idea Susan

Comment by Susan on July 18, 2016 at 22:21

I have that same problem Andy re the sun.  I have planted deciduous fruit trees, asparagus and ginger down that side - dormant in winter anyway so why waste prime real estate on them :)  Something you could consider.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 18, 2016 at 19:41

Cheers ladies.  Hot water system replaced.  Solar working fine again today.  

Comment by Dianne Caswell on July 18, 2016 at 7:31

You have had more on your plate than a normal person could handle but this is "Andy" I am talking too, he can handle any crisis in his wake.

That time to smell the Earth and sit in the garden with the Chickens...

Comment by Lissa on July 18, 2016 at 4:47

Lots happening for you Andy. Looking forward to seeing some of the Abbey pics. Some old friends of mine were there all dressed up this year.

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