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Our Week in Pictures: 22nd September 2014

We’ve had our first taste of autumn weather this week, somewhat early, with lots of rain and tremendous thunderstorms.  We can’t really complain though, look at these photos of Lisbon today.

Wet soil easily compacts so we’ve not been doing a great deal in the veg garden as a result. A seemingly simple task of knocking together an additional dog shelter has kept us occupied with moving some of the elements around, including moving the bathtub wormeries closer to the growing areas. Whilst keeping them close to the house meant that we didn’t forget about them, we weren’t making use of the product as well as we could have been.

Finally, lots of preserving still going on. Tomato purée has been top of the list this week as the wet weather has caused many tomatoes to split and start rotting. I’m virtually out of jars, incredible though that would seem to anyone who has ever seen my jar stash, so other preserving is being dictated by whether I can get it in a bottle or coffee jar! Pear and apple purées are going in bottles, and various quince based jellies are in the plastic lidded coffee jars.

 

Left to right, up to down:

1) The onset of wetter weather reminded us that the dogs needed an extra shelter

2) Restacking slates intended for the workshop roof

3) David flattening the area intended for the new dog shed

4) Bathtub wormeries in their new position above the veg garden. Positioned here we should remember to both feed them and use their products. This is their third position, demonstrating how tweaking is a valuable part of the design process!

5) Krisztián and Marjolein processing pears and quinces, both of which seem endless!

6) New (temporary!) members of the Casalinho team assisting with the washing up :)

7) The wet weather has not done any favours to the tomatoes, and has brought forward all our processing plans.

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