Thursday, June 20, 2013

Just in case you have been wondering...

Just in case you have been wondering what we've been up to lately... 

Summer rolls on, and with the scorching heat of the last week, we have to spend much of our day inside. Shira is learning how to stitch, and I am devouring Teach Your Own by John Holt. The grass is dry yellow and brown, grapes are ripening on the vine, and we are eagerly awaiting figs and carobs.

Also been reading these lovely articles, during spare minutes:

This couple's story of homesteading and a self-sufficient life.

How to build a natural swimming pool - I'm sure my husband would love something like that; if not as a pool, then on a smaller scale as a fish pond. We currently have a plastic container (actually, an old baby bathtub) outside, with water plants and fish. It's supposed to act as a natural mosquito trap - mosquitoes lay their eggs in the water, and the fish eat the eggs and larvae. We also have a "cleaner fish" to keep the container clean.

Speaking of mosquitoes, here is an article about natural mosquito repellents. It doesn't mention the fish option, though.

And, a not very appetizing but very practical and down-to-earth article about unclogging drains without using harsh chemicals. We've had several instances of clogged pipes since we moved here, and I'm proud to say that I (with a heavy dose of instructions from my husband over the phone) acted as the resident plumber with good success. 


Beka M. said...

Thanks to you, I devouring the same book as well! It's amazing.

Lady Anne said...

We live in a very marshy area (never buy a house in the dead of winter!) and mosquitos are a serious problem. Geese or ducks eat mosquito larvae, or you can try a pot of sweet flag in your pond. It is a plant with long, thin, green and white striped leaves. It doesn't bloom, and I've never noticed any aroma, but a few leaves laid in a birdbath will keep it clean for weeks.

I really wish Noah hadn't bothered with those bugs!