Tracey would like to say a special thank you to the team this week. We're still reeling at Windmill from the change in temperature these last few days. As late as Sunday, we were all shuffling around in our winter gear, but suddenly we've got July temperatures in May, and a polytunnel full of stuff that needs to go in the ground right this minute or it's going to cook. So bring on the Windmill Volunteer Force. Everyone has been brilliant, working extra hours to get as much done as possible to help catch up. On Thursday, some of the group almost literally worked themselves to a standstill so we're nearly caught up.
Of course, we didn't help ourselves by having dug a massive hole in the floor of the polytunnel that also needed to be filled in and covered up. Rosy, Dan and Ellis took charge of that project, and got to work re-levelling the base of the trench and then lining it with polystyrene to retain heat. Tracey prepared the drain -pipe and land-drain arrangement that will be used to distribute the heat into the bottom of the hole and everyone else mucked in to help collect and clean up rocks from the store pile ready refill the trench. These rocks are important as we need them to retain the heat, and also they have to be put back in a way that allows air to flow through the heap.
|Ellis using polystyrene insulation off-cuts|
to line the trench
Dan and Rosy add the last bits of insulation
|Helen makes some additions to the|
Chris weeds in preparation for planting the
|Mark with his beautifully planted up|
tomato, pepper and chilli bed.
|Ellis and Dan with the almost finished heat sink|
One great benefit of all the sun though - we've invested in some solar showers. We think the flow rate wouldn't be too useful for an actual shower - it would take quite a while to get wet! But that's not why we have them, so we don't mind. Because of them, we got all the washing up done in sun-heated water, and have enough left over to soak our feet. They worked so well, the water was almost too hot to use!
|Dan displays one of our solar showers|
|Philippa - are you enjoying washing up in|
Well done all!