What I do on a rare free weekend

I built a rocket stove, sewed a blouse and adjusted an old skirt for which my ass had gotten too big, and (finally) seeded the potatoes. Then I biked 22 km back to the city. After that maybe I can endure another week of computer work again …

Today I made a rocket stove and cooked on it. V^(oo)^V

The silvery tape is of course special fireproof aluminium tape, not duct tape … The pot and the “skirt” are from my storm cooker. The grass between the tiles there (that I don’t have the heart to exterminate) is perhaps a bit of a fire hazard, but it’s pretty moist there and I was watching the stove constantly.

It turned out to be quite easy to regulate the heat. For more heat, add more sticks and push them further in, and for lower heat, use less sticks and let them burn closer to the entrance.

It was very easy to make (I got my instructions and design ideas from this post at Milkwood Permaculture), and it’s very efficient. I overdosed fuel at first, not expecting that so little was needed. One stick like the one visible in the photo at a time is enough to cook pasta quite fast. In the summer it’s nice to cook outdoors.

I bought new stove pipes for this project, but all the other materials I had already. I found the big can of vegetable oil in the street last year.

There is no photo of the resulting pasta salad with fresh champignons as well as leafy greens and herbs from my garden, because I eated it before I had a chance to document it.

Piggy blouse

My brand new piggy blouse – made after this pattern, only slightly modified.
Japanese cotton fabric with the three little pigs and the naughty little wolf … :3

I forgot to take photos of my freshly dug potato patch. I dug out trenches for the potatoes, so I can easily cover them with some more earth as they grow, for higher yields.

Let’s see if the slugs will eat the potato plants completely this year, if I can’t be there every day to feed them kitty food …

Here are some other photos from my garden instead:

Two of the tigernuts have sprouted! V*(oo)*V

Some of the other seeds have sprouted as well. It’s not completely clear in all cases what is intentional and what’s a weed. At least the accidental nettles are easy to recognise … I made the silly mistake of putting flowering nettles in the compost last year. V`(oo)´;V

This oak decided that it’s going to grow in my potential sesame/onion bed! Who am I to tell it otherwise? If it survives, that would be a quite nice place for an oak tree. It wouldn’t shade the garden plots, but it would shade the north part of the trailer a bit from the afternoon sun.

Meanwhile, the piggy bean plot is full of food already. There is of course goutweed, and now the nasturtiums are big enough so I can pick their leaves for my salads. Young fava bean leaves are edible, too.
In the center of the photo you can barely see one of the borages that are also sprouting now.

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3 Responses to “What I do on a rare free weekend”
  1. Netania says:

    Lovely shirt and stove and sprouts! If you don’t mind my asking, how did you adjust your skirt? (This is currently a pressing issue for me and my wardrobe….)

  2. Tinet says:

    Heh … Well, it’s a “bell shaped” skirt, so it was easy to adjust by making it shorter:
    I put it on (over my head), and then I folded up and pinned the middle part above the widest hip line, until it would be comfortable to wear. I folded up more in the front than in the back, to accomodate my curves. :p
    Then I sewed that fold. I just left the excess fabric inside, but it could also be cut off.

    Here’s a blurry photo:

    It went down to my knees before. Now it’s a bit shorter and I also have to wear it with the waist a bit higher. I still have to put it on over my head, but at least I can wear it now! :D
    I made it myself many years ago, and it would have been sad to not be able to wear it anymore … :3

  3. Netania says:

    Thanks! Cute skirt too! You have inspired me to attack my own with my new sewing machine….